After more than three months of negotiations to resolve a carriage dispute between DirecTV and Raycom, Raycom said its 53 stations have gone dark on DirecTV’s systems, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“This is frustrating for DirecTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment. We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions,” said Raycom CEO Paul McTear in a statement on the company’s website.
For its part, DirecTV said in a statement posted on its website that Raycom Media “is denying DirecTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free.”
DirecTV added that despite the blackout, football fans will be able to see “all of the first few weeks’ action uninterrupted, and the majority of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC series won’t premiere for several more weeks.”