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DIRECTV CARRIAGE DISPUTE CAUSES LOSS OF LOCAL CHANNELS FOR SUBSCRIBERS

DIRECTV CUSTOMERS UPSET ABOUT LOCAL CHANNEL OUTAGES

Many DirecTV customers are upset over the loss of their local channels as contract negotiation stall with Hearst Television. The contracts, which expired on December 31st 2016, have led to widespread service disruptions throughout the US. Hearst Television’s broadcasts include local network affiliates of ABC and NBC and CBS among others in 39 states. Those affiliates Include:

  • WISN-TV Milwaukee,WI
  • KCCI-TV Des Moines, IA
  • KCRA-TV Sacremento/Stockton/Modesto, CA
  • KCWE-TV Kansas City, MO
  • KETV Omaha,NE
  • KMBC Kansas City, MO
  • WCVB-TV Boston, MA
  • WESH-TV Orlando, FL
  • WLWT-TV Cincinnati, OH

You can view the complete list here: http://www.hearst.com/broadcasting/our-markets This contract dispute, like most recent telecom contract disputes and their associated channel “black-outs”, are caused by fee increases by the Cable or Satellite TV provider.

WHAT CAN SUBSCRIBERS DO?

DIRECTV customers upset with their loss of local service stations can contact DISH at CALL 1-866-527-6613 to set up same day service. Local channels on DISH TV start at $39.99 per month. DISH is the second largest provider of Satellite TV service and DirecTV’s direct competitor learn more about DISH and DIRECTV here.

About Hearst

Hearst Headquarters 300 W. 57th Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 649-2000   “Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE,Harper’s BAZAAR and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.” Source: http://www.hearst.com/

About DIRECTV

“American direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster based in El Segundo, California. As of July 2015, it is a subsidiary of AT&T. Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its primary competitors are Dish Network and cable television providers. After receiving approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission and United States Department of Justice, AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV in a transaction valued at $48.5 billion was completed on July 24, 201” Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirecTV

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