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DIRECTV & Cox Media Reach Deal; Hearst Still Out

Cox Media tonight announced that it has reached a new multi-year carriage deal with DIRECTV, returning the company’s 15 local stations to the satcaster’s lineup, according to WHIO-TV, a Cox Media-owned CBS affiliate in Dayton, Ohio.

However, DIRECTV is still without 33 Hearst-owned local stations. Talks between DIRECTV and Hearst broke down last night, triggering the blackout.

Cox also pulled its signals from DIRECTV last night, but the two sides have now reached a new agreement.

The 33 Hearst stations include the ABC affiliate in Boston, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, and the NBC station in Baltimore, while the 15 stations owned by Cox Media include the Fox affiliate in Boston, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, and the CBS affiliate in Seattle.

Hearst stations this morning published online alerts of the blackout, but they added that they blamed DIRECTV for the “inconvenience.” The Hearst stations did not express any hope a deal would be reached soon.

== Phillip Swann