DIRECTV has lost six local channels in three markets due to a fee fight with their owner, Lilly Broadcasting.
The channels have posted notices at their web sites saying they are attempting to seek a new agreement with DIRECTV. The two companies are fighting over how much DIRECTV should pay to carry the channels.
The channels affected in the dispute are: WSEE-TV (CBS affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania); WICU-TV (NBC affiliate in Erie); WENY (CBS, ABC affiliates in Elmira, New York); and KMAU-TV (ABC and MeTV channels in Honolulu, Hawaii.).
DIRECTV has posted a statement at its web site, DIRECTVPromise.com, saying all the channels have been removed from their lineup. By law, a TV provider can not carry a channel without its permission.
“We want to get (the Lilly Broadcasting channel) back into your lineup as soon as possible. Doing so requires permission from its owner…since FCC rules grant (the channel) exclusive control over whether that station remains available on DIRECTV. We share your frustration because (Lilly) is deliberately preventing (the station) from reaching your home,” DIRECTV states.
Oddly, the Lilly Broadcasting web notice has not been updated for more than a week and continues to say the channels could be removed from DIRECTV, not that they have been removed.
“SJL Broadcasting PA and Lilly Broadcasting of PA, parent companies of (the stations) are continuing efforts to renew carriage agreements with DirecTV, if we cannot come to a resolution it could result in (the channels) potentially not being carried by DIRECTV,” the Lilly statement reads. “We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local stations…if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.”
However, viewers of WSEE and other Lilly-owned channels have posted notices that their signals have been removed from DIRECTV. Here’s one screen-capture from a viewer of WSEE in Erie:
— Phillip Swann