Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal
Saturday, March 31, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Broadcasting says there’s been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets will lose access to certain programming.
Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement late Saturday that without a deal in place, by federal law DirecTV cannot carry the signal of Tribune’s local television stations after midnight, when the agreement expires.
The affected markets include New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia.
In its own statement, DirecTV said it had hoped Tribune would allow its programming to remain up while negotiations continue.
Earlier, DirecTV said the two had reached a handshake deal Thursday with an agreed-upon rate for Tribune’s channels. Tribune said it had not reached a deal or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of the contract.