Households in Spokane, Wash. and Northern Idaho that have DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) service are now able to view local station KAYU-TV again after a nine-week blackout resulting from a dispute between the satellite TV provider and station owner Northwest Broadcasting.
This is not the first time DirecTV and Northwest Broadcasting have let a contract dispute affect customers. KAYU-TV also went dark on DirecTV screens in 2011 as the result of a similar disagreement. Similar to the Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) dispute with Tribune Company Broadcasting in Connecticut, the blackout in the opposite corner of the country meant that viewers were not able to watch Fox broadcasts of NFL games and the start of the World Series.
A spokesman for DirecTV told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that Northwest Broadcasting ended the blackout, which began on Aug. 13, at around 5 p.m. Thursday. The newspaper reported that DirecTV had requested a "most favored" clause in its contract that the broadcaster felt would have given it a contractual advantage. Terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.
- read this Spokane Spokesman-Review post
DirecTV and Northwest Broadcasting also battled in January 2011
The Cablevision-Tribune fight kept the World Series blacked out