With two players unable to come to terms, the latest in a series of TV blackouts was becoming increasingly likely early today. Deadline.com reports that the adversaries in the latest tussle over carriage are Tribune Broadcasting and AT&T’s U-Verse.
With the latest extension in the negotiations set to expire today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. PT, Tribune was reportedly warning customers that a deal was unlikely.
“Tribune’s Los Angeles station KTLA on Monday night ran a frequent ‘Final notice for AT&T subscribers’ crawl during its prime-time shows, something other Tribune stations are believed to have done too,” the story reports.
The KTLA crawl reportedly read: “At 2 PM PT Tuesday, Oct. 20, KTLA will likely go dark. Despite our continuing and best efforts, A&T U-Verse will deny you your KTLA.”
The carriage agreement between the two companies expired Sept. 30, followed by a series of extensions.