Family run News-Press & Gazette has a relatively small chain of 13 stations mostly in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, and Texas. But the contract impasse with the No. 1 satellite company may affect ABC: News-Press’ network affiliates include ABC outlets in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA; Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, CO.; Idaho Falls, ID; Columbia, MO; and El Paso, TX. The stations went dark today on DirecTV, as negotiations that continued after the previous deal expired on September 30 finally fell apart. “The core dispute between DIRECTV and the Stations involves (1) the price DIRECTV is willing to pay the each Station for the right to re-sell the each Station’s signal and (2) DIRECTV’s demand for the right to place the Stations’ signals on the Internet without paying the Station a fair price,” Gulf California Broadcasting General Manager Mike Stutz said in a post on KESQ’s website. DirecTV says that the broadcasters want “more than triple the price we currently pay to retransmit their ‘free’ TV signals. We simply won’t accept a price increase of this magnitude that would have to be passed on to our customers.”
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