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DirecTV loses ABC, Fox affiliates in Massachusetts

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DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) said that it lost the feeds for ABC and Fox affiliates that cover the Springfield, Mass., market, after its retransmission-consent contract with Gormally Broadcasting expired on Sunday.

While DirecTV's contract had expired in October, the company had reached temporary extensions with Gormally, which is demanding increased fees for its stations.

DirecTV hasn't responded to a contract proposal that Gormally sent the company on Friday, according to a statement that owner John Gormally posted online Tuesday.

"DirecTV has opted to discontinue discussions over the weekend despite our repeated requests to talk and work things out," Gormally wrote.

DirecTV spokesman Tom Tyrer told local newspaper The Republican on Monday that the satellite TV provider is continuing to negotiate a deal with Gormally. "Unfortunately we can't report that this is resolved or about to be resolved. This will be settled, they always are settled," he added.

For more:
- The Republican has this story

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