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Raycom and DirecTV End Blackout for 43 Stations, Settle Fee Dispute

Sep 8, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Raycom and DirecTV have ended their fee dispute and a blackout for the station owner’s 43 broadcast stations, reports Deadline.com.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, although Deadline notes that it “was not entirely amicable.”

“DirecTV took a shot at Raycom and other broadcasters pushing for higher retransmission-fee deals by calling for changes in legislation that mandates local broadcast channels be carried by pay-TV providers,” the story reports.

Said Dan York, chief content officer at DirecTV: “Broadcast station groups who ransom their content back into their communities at exorbitant fees deserve the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission and local congressional representatives.”

He added that “intentional blackouts” are creating a “greater sense of urgency for lawmakers to review and overhaul this anti-consumer retransmission consent process once and for all.”

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