DirecTV Subscribers Miss Out on American Idol Due to Slow Settlement Negotiation

Coming soon to a Fox affiliate near you

In a move sure to disappoint millions, DirecTV was forced to stop the broadcast of Tribune Media’s signal, which includes some local Fox affiliates.  The two companies are in the middle of settlement negotiations regarding a contract dispute and, due to federal law, the broadcasting company was forced to drop the signal until a contract was in place.  DirecTV has said that it had hoped Tribune Media would allow the broadcast to continue during the negotiations, but Tribune refused, which DirecTV has described as “the true definition of `bad faith’ in every sense of the term”.  Wow.  Bitter much?

The contract affects nineteen markets, including New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia.  In those markets, depending on which local affiliates Tribune owns, viewers will miss out on such shows as American Idol, The Vampire Diaries, and the broadcast of america’s pastime, Major League Baseball.  Oh, the humanity!

I see this as two huge companies arguing over millions of dollars that can’t remember what they’re arguing about, sort of like a Bleak House situation.  At some point, in their relentless pursuit of money, one of them will forget that their whole purpose is to provide access to television programming for their loyal paying customers.  Hopefully the two companies will work it out soon.  If I miss Gossip Girl because of this, someone’s going to pay.


One thought on “DirecTV Subscribers Miss Out on American Idol Due to Slow Settlement Negotiation

  1. erik

    I switched from DirecTV last year and got DISH. Great move, I must say! I just got set up with the new Hopper Whole Home HD DVR, and have NEVER been able to record this much content. With a 2 TB hard drive, it can store up to 2,000 hours of content! I also enjoy the Prime Time Anytime feature, which lets me record up to 6 live HD Programs at once. I just flip it on, and it automatically records every prime time show, every night, for a rolling eight day period! Since I work crazy hours at DISH, I never have to worry about setting individual recordings before I leave the house; and I never miss American Idol! DISH just gives me more of what I want.

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