DirecTV loses ABC, CBS and The CW stations in retransmission dispute

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) subscribers in parts of Maine and Florida lost the feeds from TV stations owned by Diversified Communications after its retransmission-consent agreement with the top satellite TV provider expired at midnight.

The dispute leaves DirecTV subscribers in Bangor, Maine, without CBS affiliate WABI-TV, which also broadcasts programming from The CW. DirecTV customers in Gainesville, Fla., lost the feed for ABC affiliate WCJB-TV, which is owned by Diversified.

DirecTV says that Diversified is pushing it to pay a 300 percent increase in retransmission-consent fees. "We have no problem compensating Diversified Communications fairly, but their unwarranted demand for more than 300 percent above what they are receiving now threatens to increase our customers' monthly bills," DirecTV SVP of programming acquisitions Dan Hartman said in a prepared statement.

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