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DirecTV and Raycom Media announced a new broadcast retransmission deal Sunday, ending a six-day blackout and enabling viewers in key pro football markets including New Orleans to catch Sunday's opening-season games. Service to 37 TV markets was restored with the agreement.
DirecTV has renewed its broadcast retransmission deal with Dispatch Video, putting it back on the air on Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR and Columbus, Ohio indie WBNS, and ending a four-day blackout.
In one of the most aggressive TV Everywhere initiatives launched yet by a major broadcaster, Fox Sports will make 101 NFL games broadcast on the Fox network available this fall for streaming to subscribers of select pay-TV services.
Tiny cable operators are, understandably, praising the FCC's decision to exempt them from regulatory fees while simultaneously proposing that satellite operators Dish and DirecTV be subject to per-sub charges.
Nothing in the short life of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston has come easy, and that trend is continuing in the transfer of ownership in federal bankruptcy court. With a critical hearing scheduled for Thursday, Comcast has accused AT&T and DirecTV of holding back information in their quest to acquire the struggling RSN.
Broadcasters Raycom Media and Dispatch Video have pulled their channels off DirecTV after failing to come to a retrans agreement with the satellite operator by Aug. 31.
As Time Warner Cable looked to explain why nearly 12 million of its broadband customers went without service Wednesday morning, DirecTV quietly dealt with an outage of its own, albeit one that only affected local broadcast channels.
AT&T has reportedly reached an agreement with the Department of Justice, clearing a major regulatory hurdle in its quest to purchase DirecTV, according to an exclusive in the New York Post.
After heavily promoting its availability of college football-related programming all summer, Dish Network revealed that it's blacking out four opening-weekend games on Fox Sports 1.