A deadline looms this Friday in a retransmission fee skirmish between DirecTV and the ABC affiliates KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, market and WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, La.
DirecTV and the Manship family, which owns the stations, have been negotiating a new satellite carriage agreement, but have yet to agree on terms. The two stations have posted notices on their websites that they may go dark on DirecTV systems as of 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday.
The statement on the KRGV site translates the deadline into local time, stating: “We are hopeful a new agreement will be timely reached, but the negotiations have reached an impasse and our contract with DirecTV expires at 10:59 p.m. CT, Friday, April 7, 2017.”
The statement adds:
“If you are a DirecTV satellite subscriber and if we are unable to reach a new agreement with DirecTV, you will no longer be able to receive KRGV and its top-rated programs including network shows, your local news, weather, sports, and other programming from DirecTV.
“KRGV will continue to be available free, over the air, or from a local cable company or by satellite from the DISH satellite or AT&T U-verse service. We will keep you fully informed of the progress of the negotiations with DirecTV.”
The statement encourages customers to call DirecTV to let the company know they’re interested in keeping KRGV.