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Raycom Media, this station's parent company, has been in good faith negotiations with DirecTV to ensure the continued availability of this television station and the popular news and entertainment programs you enjoy on DirecTV.
DirecTV has refused Raycom's offer to enter into a contract that would allow continued carriage of this station through June, 2014. Raycom and DirecTV continue negotiations for carriage rights of this station on the DirecTV service.
1. Why would this station be dropped from the DirecTV system?
We've been working to reach a fair agreement with DirecTV that would allow its subscribers to continue receiving our station's signal.
If DirecTV refuses to sign the agreement, however, our station's signal may no longer be available.
2. If DirecTV drops this station, won't DirecTV simply make network programming available from another station?
No. There are rules in place to prevent DirecTV from showing network broadcasts without the local broadcasters' programming. However, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we don't get to that point. If we do, viewers should remember that they can always get our programming over the Web or by using an over-the-air TV antenna.
3. What are my options for getting this station's programming?
Other providers in this market will continue to carry this station without interruption. Alternatively, you can always get this station's programming in a variety of ways:
Our signal is available throughout the area in high-definition for free, with the use of an over-the-air antenna.
Several telecommunications companies also offer television services.
4. Why is this not affecting any other stations in this market?
We certainly can't speak for any other station, but the contract that allows DirecTV to retransmit our programming expired on December 31, 2010. For months, we have attempted to resolve this situation without any interruption for DirecTV subscribers.
DirecTV has refused Raycom's offer to enter into a new contract that would allow continued carriage of this station through June, 2014. Raycom and DirecTV continue negotiations for carriage rights of this station on the DirecTV service.
5. Doesn't this come down to money?
No. Through extensive negotiation and compromise we believe we have reached an agreement with respect to that issue but DirecTV has thus far refused to execute a new agreement with us. When we negotiate these types of agreements we try to come to fair terms on all issues, consistent with our commitment to providing the quality news, weather, sports and entertainment, programming our viewers have come to expect from us over the years.
This station invests millions in this community to produce the kind of local programming and news coverage that makes a difference in people's lives. DirecTV — who is using that content and charging you for it — should agree to fair terms for the right to retransmit our signal.
Edited by domingos35, 30 January 2011 - 09:20 AM.