A preseason NFL game featuring the home team was a casualty of a retransmission dispute that saw San Diego station KFMB-TV go dark for about 150,000 DirecTV customers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The family-owned CBS affiliate had its signal pulled from the DirecTV system at 5 p.m. Thursday, two hours before the game between the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, the paper reports.
In an interview Friday, Pat Nevin, KFMB-TV’s vice president and general manager, told the publication: “In our 66-year history, we have never had a blackout before this.”
San Diego-based independent broadcaster Midwest Television owns the station.
“The dispute between DirecTV and KFMB centers on how much DirecTV must pay to retransmit the station’s signal to its customers,” the report notes. “DirecTV’s carriage agreement with Midwest Television had expired at the end of June, but it was extended to allow the two sides time to hammer out a new agreement. A tentative deadline had been set for Thursday evening.”