DIRECTV has signed a new carriage agreement with Raycom Media, averting a blackout of more than 40 local stations in the satcaster’s lineup.

Raycom-owned stations tonight disclosed the new carriage pact in social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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The deadline for a carriage deal was at 8 p.m. ET today. The two sides were fighting over how much DIRECTV should pay to carry the Raycom locals.

If a new pact was not agreed to tonight, Raycom could have pulled its network affiliates from DIRECTV, which is owned by AT&T.

By law, a TV provider can not carry a channel without the permission of its owner.

Raycom has stations in large, mid-sized and small markets such as Tucson, Richmond, Virginia, New Orleans, Cleveland and Honolulu.

— Phillip Swann