DIRECTV has reached a new carriage agreement with SJL and Lilly Broadcasting, returning six local channels to its lineup after a 10-day blackout, reports GoErie.com.
The broadcasters pulled their channels from DIRECTV on April 1 when the two companies could not reach a new agreement. The companies were fighting over how much DIRECTV should pay to carry the channels.
The channels affected in the dispute were: 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.).
Viewers of the stations began posting notices on Twitter last night that their channels had returned. GoErie.com writes that the signals were returned last night to DIRECTV at around 9 p.m. ET.
DIRECTV is still in engaged in a fee fight with Louisiana Television Broadcasting which has forced two ABC stations (KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas market, and WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.) off its lineup since April 7.
— Phillip Swann