Local NBC Affiliates Dark In 28 Markets As Hearst, DirecTV Continue Negotiations
By Mike Farrell, MultiChannel News // January 2, 2017
Orlando's NBC affiliate WESH 2 dark on DirecTV
(MULTICHANNEL) – About 33 Hearst Television stations in 28 markets, including Orlando (WESH 2) went dark to DirecTV customers at midnight on Jan.1, as retransmission consent negotiations between the two broke down.
The blackout shouldn’t comes as a surprise – Hearst has been warning viewers that an impasse was likely as early as Dec. 27.
DirecTV and AT&T U-verse customers in about 28 markets like Boston (ABC affiliate WCVB); Pittsburgh (ABC affiliate WTAE); New Orleans (NBC affiliate WDSU); Baltimore (NBC affiliate WBAL); Louisville, Ky. (CBS affiliate WLKY); and Orlando, Fla. (NBC affiliate WESH), will be without those stations as talks continue.
In a statement on its station websites, Hearst pointed out that it has a history of successful retrans negotiations with no disruption to viewers.
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