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DIRECTV Settles Fee Fight; Dish & Hearst Keep Battling

DIRECTV has settled a two-week long fee fight with Louisiana Television Broadcasting, returning the broadcaster’s two ABC affiliates to its lineup.

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The stations, KRGV-TV, the ABC station in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas market, and WBRZ-TV, the ABC station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last night posted notices at their web sites that DIRECTV subscribers can once again watch their signals.

“We are pleased to inform you that KRGV and DIRECTV have reached a carriage agreement. The KRGV signal is now available on DIRECTV,” the notice reads.

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The fee fight began on April 7 when the two companies failed to reach a new agreement after the old one expired.

The companies were arguing over how much DIRECTV should pay to carry the two local channels. Terms of the new carriage deal were not announced.

In related news, Hearst-owned stations in 26 markets are still unavailable on Dish, nearly 50 days after the companies broke off talks over a new agreement.

And, under the threat a blackout could occur at any time, Charter and Fox are still negotiating a new carriage pact for more than 20 Fox-owned channels.

— Phillip Swann

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