DIRECTV on Thursday night lost 18 local TV stations in seven states due to a fee fight with their owner, News-Press & Gazette.
News-Press & Gazette said at its web site Thursday night that the stations are no longer on DIRECTV.
The companies earlier in the week agreed to two 24-hour extensions in the old pact but apparently failed to reach a new deal tonight.
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DIRECTV has not commented on the blackout yet but previously said News-Press was asking for too much in carriage fees.
“We want to keep (the stations) in your lineup, but the owner, News-Press & Gazette, is threatening to block (them) from reaching your home unless they receive a significant increase in fees,” the DIRECTV statement reads.
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The stations affected in this dispute are located in such mid-sized markets as Palm Springs, California; Bend, Oregon, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; El Paso, Texas; Santa Barbara, California; Columbia, Missouri and Yuma, Arizona. To see a complete list of the stations that could be affected, click here.
— Phillip Swann
So is there anything we can do or are we just out of luck when it comes to watching local,not Portland,news. It seems as if direct tv is being held for ransom. I really don’t wand to change satellite companies.