DirecTV, Nexstar Temporarily End Blackout

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & IRVING, Texas—In a move that indicates DirecTV and Nexstar Media may be close to resolving their longstanding carriage dispute, DirecTV and Nexstar Media Group, have agreed to return Nexstar’s TV Stations and cable news network to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream and U-verse.

DirecTV subscribers around the country lost access to 159 Nexstar local TV stations and Nexstar’s NewsNation cable channel on July 2 after the pay TV operator and the station group were unable to reach a new retransmission consent deal.

Given the large number of local stations and metro areas involved, DirecTV is working to restore the signals across its platforms on a rolling station-by-station basis. They are standing up the stations showing Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening football games first.

The two parties issued this joint statement: “In recognition and appreciation of the continued patience of DirecTV customers and Nexstar viewers, the companies have agreed to temporarily return the signals of the Nexstar-owned television stations and national cable news network NewsNation to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, and U-verse while we both work to complete the terms of an agreement.”

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.