NPG and DIRECTV – News-Press Broadcast Media Release
NPG and DIRECTV have been in negotiations for continued carriage of NPG’s stations on the DIRECTV satellite service. NPG’s current carriage agreement with DIRECTV expired September 30,
but in an effort to accommodate DIRECTV and avoid a disruption of service to DIRECTV satellite subscribers, we granted DIRECTV an extension to 12:00 noon, October 9, 2013. Unfortunately, our negotiations with DIRECTV are at an impasse, and DIRECTV satellite subscribers lost access to their local station’s programming from DIRECTV’s satellite service as of 12 noon October 9, 2013. However, your local Station will continue to be available from local cable television systems, from the DISH satellite service, and for free, over the air. Satellite companies, like cable companies, mark-up the price they pay for local broadcast signals and re-sell those signals to their subscribers. The Station, of course, must pay top dollar in a competitive market for its award-winning, national network, syndicated, local news, sports, weather, and public service programming. The core dispute between DIRECTV and the Station involves (1) the price DIRECTV is willing to pay the station for the right to re-sell the station’s signal and (2) DIRECTV’s insistence on the right to see the station’s signal on the Internet without paying the station a fair price. DIRECTV pays another, considerably less popular program provider more than five (5) times the rate the Station is asking for the right to sell the Station’s signal to its subscribers. Having paid top dollar for its highly rated programming, the Station’s price proposal, in comparison to what DIRECTV pays for less popular programming, is very fair and reasonable. It is our hope the current impasse will be resolved and the disruption in service for DIRECTV’s subscribers will end. We will keep you informed of the progress of the negotiations. In the interim, however, you may wish to make plans for an alternative means of receiving the Station.