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DirecTV Customers will not be Off-Air

DirecTV announced that its satellite subscribers around the country will continue to receive network TV stations owned by Hearst Corp. after the two companies reached a new deal over the fees DirecTV pays the broadcasting company in carrying stations on its lineup.

Many subscribers of DirecTV were up in arms after it was found that the original deal between the two companies would have expired at midnight Friday. Subscribers in Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburg and other markets would have lost access to all Hearst-owned stations on DirecTV.

Hearst owns 29 local stations, which include affiliates of all the major networks except Fox.

In recent months many disputes have been going down to the wire as broadcasters look to tap a second source of revenue outside of selling commercial time. In many instances, disputes have extended past the expiration date of previous deals, which left cable and satellite subscribers without channels for weeks.

In the latest dispute, Sinclair Broadcast Group is wrangling with Time Warner Cable over the same issue. If an agreement is not reached by the two companies, subscribers of Time Warner Cable may be left in the dark when 33 stations could go dark by midnight on Friday.

The DirecTV deal has been reached on Wednesday, but terms of the deal have not been made public.

DirecTV has about 19 million subscribers throughout the United Stated.

It would have been interesting knowing how many of the 19 million clients would have been affected, had a deal not been reached. It could have had a negative impact on the company’s bottom line.

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