Just in time for today’s season-opening NFL games, Raycom Media and DirecTV settled their fee dispute with a new deal that puts 43 broadcast stations back on the satcaster’s service. The two sides did not disclose terms of the deal.
The deal was not entirely amicable, however. DirecTV took a shot at Raycom and other broadcasters pushing for higher retransmission-fee deals by calling for changes in legislation that mandates local broadcast channels be carried by pay-TV providers:
“Broadcast station groups who ransom their content back into their communities at exorbitant fees deserve the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission and local Congressional representatives,” said Dan York, chief content officer at DIRECTV. “Raycom’s intentional recent black outs of DISH, Cox and now DIRECTV customers creates an even greater sense of urgency for lawmakers to review and overhaul this anti-consumer retransmission consent process once and for all.”
The blackout started Sept. 1, after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on how much DirecTV would pay Raycom to retransmit the broadcast signals of its 43 local stations, despite three months of negotiations. DirecTV created a special web page to plead its case, saying Raycom wanted its retrans fees more than doubled.