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DIRECTV is Seeking to Keep 50 Raycom Stations On Their Menu

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DIRECTV is Seeking to Keep 50 Raycom Stations On Their Menu

DIRECTV and Raycom Media are currently negotiating a new contractual agreement that, if not completed by August 31 2014, could mean the loss of more than 50 local stations from the satprovider’s menu lineup for customers in those areas.Raycom’s local stations have posted small notices at their web sites and on social media pages that alert their viewers that the  two companies are in negotiations to resolve this issue. The problem is that the messages so far are small and non-threatening, which suggests the company’s belief that a resolution will be worked out before the deadline hits, and viewers are left in the dark.DIRECTV has  also posted a small notice at on its’ own web site, DIRECTVPromise.com, that seems downplays the seriousness of the discussions, and what could happen if an agreement can not be reached on time.

“We are working with Raycom to retain its permission (to air its signals) and look forward to resolving our business matters privately so that none of these customers are unnecessarily inconvenienced,” the statement reads.


 

However, with less than three weeks left before the current agreement expires, the downplaying of how serious this is, can be disturbing to customers that will be afftected. DIRECTV and Raycom engaged in a similiar contentious negotiation in 2011 before finally signing a new deal, which is set to expire at the end of the month.

As is the case in most of  these types of  discussions, the two companies are negotiating over how much money DIRECTV should have to pay Raycom to carry its signals to customers.

The Raycom stations in question are mostly located  in cities in the throughout the Southeast, such as New Orleans, Savannah, Augusta, Georgia and Birmingham. But the company also owns stations in the Cleveland and Cincinnati markets as well.

 

 

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