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DIRECTV STATES THAT AS MANY AS 50 CHANNELS MAY BE REMOVED

DIRECTV STATES THAT AS MANY AS 50 CHANNELS MAY BE REMOVED

The heated fee fight between Satellite TV provider  DIRECTV and Raycom Media is ramping up with the latter notifying their DIRECTV viewers that they could lose their local channel signals in the nine days.Negotiations are now taking place for a  new carriage agreement that, if not successfully agreed to by August 31, could mean the loss of more than 50 local stations from the satprovider’s lineup for its’ customers.

 

At the begining of this month, Raycom’s local stations began posting barely seen notices on their web sites and on social media pages that alerted their viewers that the negotiations with Directv were still ongoing. But now, the stations have moved the notices to the top of their websites’ home pages with large, alarming-looking banners that are hard to miss and  urge DIRECTV viewers to click “For More Information.”After the customer clicks on the banner, an article page appears that suggests DIRECTV subscribers can switch to another service provider to ensure they keep receiving their local channels.

At DIRECTVPromise.com, the satcaster’s designated site to comment on programming disputes, the company earlier this week said it was working hard to keep Raycom’s stations on the air, but acknowledged there could be a short blackout. However, DIRECTVPromise.com has removed the notice and now has no information about Raycom at its site.

 

DIRECTV and Raycom engaged in a series of heated contentious negotiation in 2011 before they were able to come to terms, finally signing a new deal.

As is usual in these negotiations and discussions, the companies are at odds over how much money DIRECTV should pay Raycom to carry its signals for customers to watch.

Most of the Raycom stations are located in cities throughout the Southeast, such as New Orleans, Savannah, Augusta, Georgia and Birmingham. But the company also owns stations located in the Cleveland and Cincinnati areas.

 

 

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