DirecTV and News-Press & Gazette agree to 24-hour extension as another retrans blackout looms

News Press & Gazette set up a web page for consumers detailing the status of its retransmission negotiations with DirecTV.

Just as DirecTV resolved its retransmission impasse with Hearst Television that ended a weeklong blackout of 33 network affiliates, a similar broadcast licensing issue threatens to take 18 News-Press & Gazette (NPG) stations off the satellite TV service.

According to NPG, which has been giving regular updates regarding its negotiations on its website, the station group agreed to a 24-hour extension Tuesday with DirecTV to keep its channels on the service. 

The new deadline is reportedly set for 6:00 p.m. EST today.

Channels affected included Central Oregon FOX affiliate KFXO-TV, Idaho CBS station KIDK-TV (CBS) and Palm Springs, California, FOX station KESQ-TV among the total of 18 affiliates. News of the potential blackout was first reported by TV Predictions.

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"We want to keep [the stations] in your lineup, but the owner, News-Press & Gazette, is threatening to block (them) from reaching your home unless they receive a significant increase in fees," DirecTV said in a statement. 

Unlike the Hearst impasse, this retrans battle doesn’t appear to involve DirecTV’s corporate pay-TV cohort AT&T U-verse.

The tough negotiations are among at least a half-dozen retrans standoffs currently ongoing in the pay-TV business.

Most notably, Charter Communications was at odds with NBCUniversal as the new year approached. The two sides announced an extension on Dec. 31 but have yet to announce a deal. 

Meredith Corp., meanwhile, has threatened to pull Connecticut station WFSB-TV  off of Altice USA’s Optimum system (formerly Cablevision) on Jan. 13 if a new deal isn’t done.


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