Today, DIRECTV and DIRECTV STREAM subscribers have lost Nexstar-owned ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates, as well as Nexstar-owned CW stations. At 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, the station went dark. According to Nexstar, DIRECTV rejected Nexstar’s offer to extend the current distribution deal until October 31, 2023 to give both sides time to negotiate.
A total of 159 Nexstar-owned local TV stations are currently in night vision on DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM and U-Verse. NewsNation also went dark on DIRECTV.
This comes after Nexstar warned customers late last week that client stations could black out on DIRECTV and DIRECTV STREAM. Nexstar is the largest local television broadcaster in the United States. From now on, Millions will not be able to use some local stations of DIRECTV, U-verse and DIRECTV STREAM.
In a statement sent to Cordcutters News, DIRECTV accused Nextar of demanding unreasonable price increases. Rob Toon, DIRECTV’s chief content officer, said, “Nextor has no intention of forcing the show to shut down with the intention of unnecessarily raising prices for everyone at the expense of the communities to which they are licensed and entrusted with their services. We have a long track record of doing so,” he said. “We will continue to work with Nexstar to reach an agreement and take all necessary steps to ensure that our customers have access to their favorite shows while protecting them from unfair price increases.”
In a statement to Cordcutters News, Nextar claimed it was just asking for a fair price. “Since May, Nexstar has been in vigorous and good faith negotiations with DIRECTV to reach a mutually agreeable multi-year contract and has presented it to other distribution partners who have successfully negotiated over the past year. We offer the same fair market rates as .” Nexstar regularly enters into friendly retransmission and transport agreements with cable, satellite and telecommunications partners. In the last three years alone, the company has successfully completed deals with more than 500 of his distribution partners. ”
Earlier this year, DIRECTV announced it had sued one of its largest holding companies.rLocal television station Nexter, along with Mission and White Knight, engaged in what they described as illegal collusion. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
At issue here is that “America’s largest broadcaster, Nextar Media Group, has illegally called Mission Broadcasting and White Night Broadcasting to manipulate, raise, and fix the price of retransmission consent fees.” collusion and continue to violate federal antitrust laws,” DIRECTV claims.
DIRECTV says Nexstars’ actions “endanger local television as we know it today.” At the heart of the problem here are efforts to inflate the price of local television. According to DIRECTV, local TV rates have risen 5,000% in the last 15 years. They now claim that these three companies are working together to push prices even higher.
In the lawsuit, DIRECTV accused Nexstar of entering into “fake sidecar deals” with Mission and White Knight stations to circumvent the FCC ownership cap.
“Mission and White Knight are now illegally collaborating with Nextor to drive prices up and overtake from DIRECTV in ‘overlapping’ DMAs (markets where Nextor and either Mission or White Knight each own a Big 4 station). We collect competitive retransmission consent fees,” DIRECTV said. . “To accomplish this illegal and anti-competitive purpose, the Mission and White Knights have entered into an agreement that effectively relinquishes decision-making authority to Nextor.”
In its complaint, DIRECTV said the three were unable to accurately grasp the details of one contract from another, were unable to precisely coordinate their termination dates, and duplicated public responses to the media. It said it routinely shares confidential fees and other financial information through a single agent that cannot be authorized. Unilaterally tugging on a broadcaster’s signal manipulates viewers and betrays the public’s trust.
A spokesperson for Nexter sent the following statement to Cordcutters News: “Nexstar’s shared services agreements with White Knight and Mission Broadcasting are fully compliant with FCC rules, and each station group independently negotiates its own retransmission agreements with cable, satellite and telecom partners. The lawsuit is without merit and Nexstar looks forward to winning in court.”
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