Raycom Ends Retrans Spat With Direct TV
Raycom broadcast channels, including KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport are back on Direct TV. Raycom says it has reached an agreement "in principle" with Direct TV. Raycom stations have been off Direct TV since September 1st due to failing to have a new retransmission agreement in place. In a news release Raycom Media President and CEO, Paul McTear stated, “We appreciate our viewer's patience. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank them for their loyalty to their local stations throughout this process. We are very pleased to be, once again, serving them on the DirecTV system and will keep them informed as we work to finalize this agreement.”
Of course the specifics of the agreement will not be released...I would be just curious as to what the "fair market value" of KSLA's signal really is.......
Now we wonder how much Direct TV subscriber's bills will go up.
Additional: 9.8.14 Direct TV commented on the deal:
We thank all of our affected customers for their patience over these past several days and regret that Raycom and too many other broadcast stations are willing to resort to these contrived blackouts to antagonize the public rather than serve it,” said Dan York, chief content officer at DIRECTV.
“Broadcast station groups who ransom their content back into their communities at exorbitant fees deserve the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission and local Congressional representatives. Raycom's intentional recent black outs of DISH, Cox and now DIRECTV customers creates an even greater sense of urgency for lawmakers to review and overhaul this anti-consumer retransmission consent process once and for all.”