Satellite television giant DirecTV stopped broadcasting KRDO-TV and 11 other stations in eight cities . Wednesday after negotiations over payments to the stations for its programming reached an impasse, said Tim Larson, KRDO's general manager.
A previous agreement between KRDO's parent company and DirecTV expired Sept. 30, but the station extended the agreement until Wednesday to avoid disruption of its programming to DirecTV customers, Larson said. He expressed hope the impasse will be resolved and the station will return to DirecTV's lineup.
Larson said he was disappointed that "DirecTV would deprive its subscribers of KRDO and ABC's popular national and local programming." He said the core of the dispute involves "the price DirecTV is willing to pay the station for the right to resell the station's signal and DirecTV's demand for the right to place the station's signal on the Internet without paying the station a fair price."
DirecTV said in statement issued Wednesday that St. Joseph, Mo.-based New-Press & Gazette Co., which owns KRDO and stations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Missouri and Oregon, has blacked out its signal "to our location customers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo and will not let us restore this channel unless DirecTV commits to more than triple the price we currently pay to retransmit their 'free' signals. We simply won't accept a price increase of this magnitude that would have to passed on to our customers."
The statement said the company continues to "work hard toward a fair agreement to restore this channel as soon as possible."
KRDO is still available to homes with antennas, the Dish satellite television service, Comcast and other cable television providers.
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