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Q. I am outraged that I can no longer watch my channel 9 on DIRECTV. Is there anyway to keep watching it during this nonsense? — Bonnie, Arlington, Virginia. 

Bonnie, as you know, Tegna, which owns WUSA-TV (your channel 9, a CBS affiliate) and roughly 60 other local TV stations last night pulled its signalsfrom all AT&T-owned TV services because they could not reach a new carriage agreement. This includes DIRECTV, U-verse, AT&T TV Now, and AT&T TV.

Update: DIRECTV & Tegna sign new carriage pact.

It’s unclear how long the blackout will last. Both sides publicly say they are committed to reaching a settlement.

But carriage disputes sometimes last several weeks or more so you might want to consider these alternatives to watching your local channels via DIRECTV or any other pay TV provider.

1. TV Antenna
There are definitely some pros and cons to getting an indoor or outdoor antenna so allow me to offer a few here so you can determine whether this alternative will work for you.

Pro: Free Local Channels
Yes,  your local channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, Univision, etc.) are available via a TV antenna, and they are free. Not only that, they can deliver a better HD picture over an antenna compared to cable or satellite. The latter tend to compress the signals of local (and all) channels, which tends to dilute the picture quality. The TV providers do this for several reasons, including creating more system room to deliver more channels. The signal your antenna receives directly from the local channel is purer (layman’s term, folks and therefore a better one.

Pro: Antennas Are Not Expensive
The TV antenna, whether it’s indoor or outdoor, costs less than $100 with many indoor models well under $30. With local channels free, that’s a great deal for consumers looking to cut expenses. (Note: The outdoor antenna can normally pick up more channels than the indoor one. But indoor antennas are becoming more efficient every year with new models and new technology.)

Con: The Antenna May Not Work at Your Location
Before you run off to buy an antenna (and drop your cable or satellite service), you need to know that depending upon the location of your home, your antenna may not be able to pick up the signals of all your local channels. You may live too far away from the channel’s tower to get a decent signal, or you could have a major obstacle in the signal’s path, such as a high-rise office building or mountain.

Pro: The Technology Is Improving
As noted earlier, in the last few years, the antenna companies have done a great job of beefing up their products, offering indoor antennas that can pick up signals as far away as 75 miles. Yes, indoor antennas. If you had a bad experience with an antenna several years ago, you might be pleasantly surprised at how far they have come.

2. Locast
Locast is a free service that delivers local channels over the Internet in 25 markets, which represents roughly 45.6 percent of U.S. population. The markets include: Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, West Palm Beach, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Tampa, Denver, Scranton, Los Angeles, Rapid City, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Seattle, and Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Bonnie, your local channels would be available in the Baltimore or Washington markets.

You download the Locast app on a computer, tablet or Smart TV device such as Roku, provide a name and e-mail address, and suddenly you are watching all your local channels. I can’t vouch for the reliability of the signals. I have used Locast a few times and found it to be a bit inconsistent. But it’s free so you can’t beat that.

3. Web site
Many local stations offer their news programs live and for free at their web sites. (WUSA-TV is one that does.) While this doesn’t permit you to watch the station’s primetime lineup, you can keep up with its newscasts.

4. News On
If you have trouble with the web site, News On is a streaming app that also offers local newscasts, both live and on demand. You can learn more about it here at NewsOn.

5. CBS All Access
CBS sells a streaming service called CBS All Access for $5.99 a month that includes a live feed of your local CBS channel as well as on demand programming from the network. Unfortunately, the other networks (Fox, NBC and ABC) do not have similar services, but if you are missing the local CBS station due to the dispute, this is a relatively inexpensive alternative. (And there is a seven-day free trial so if the companies settle within a week, you wouldn’t have to pay a dime.)

Bonnie, hope that helps. Happy viewing, and stay safe!

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KUSA and KTVD, channels 9 and 20, are not available to DirecTV customers.

The absence means that local newscasts, NBC programming, including NFL Sunday Night Football, “The Voice” and “Chicago P.D.,” are not available to subscribers of the satellite service.

DirecTV is a subsidiary of AT&T. The two local television stations are owned by TEGNA, a publicly traded broadcast, digital media and marketing services company.

“Unfortunately, DIRECTV has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us, which is why our station is not currently available on DIRECTV,” 9News said on its website.

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Contract negotiations between the parties are ongoing.

“Consider switching to a new video provider or tell DIRECTV to bring back KUSA and KTVD by calling 1-800-531-5000,” the station said Wednesday.

KUSA and KTVD have agreements in place with other providers including DISH, Spectrum and Comcast.

Elsewhere in broadcasting, Nexstar Media Group and Dish Network Corporation have come up short in contract negotiations. Local channels, KWGN Channel 2, and KDVR Fox 31, have been  blacked out to Dish subscribers, according to a news release.


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Want to watch CBS programming in the National Capital Region or in Tampa-St. Petersburg? If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you’re out of luck.

The same can be said for DirecTV subscribers in markets such as Buffalo and Portland, Ore., who want to watch their local NBC affiliates.

Chalk it up to the latest retransmission fee dispute, which at 7pm Eastern on Tuesday silenced all TEGNA-owned stations from the direct broadcast satellite’s local channel lineups.

The stations impacted by the “blackout,” created by the lack of a new retransmission consent agreement between TEGNA and the AT&T-owned DBS provider, include 63 television stations in 51 markets. According to TEGNA, it is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately
39% of all television households nationwide.

As such, the impasse is a significant one, as Nexstar Media Group and Dish tussle over their own respective retrans consent accord.

In a statement appearing on TEGNA TV station websites including those for KGW-8 in Portland, Ore., and flagship WUSA-9 in Washington, D.C., the company says “DirecTV is taking away your access to your favorite CBS programming, including NFL football, SEC college football, The Amazing Race, NCIS, Seal Team and Young Sheldon as well as your local news, weather and sports.”

TEGNA adds that DirecTV “has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us, which is why our station is not currently available” on the service provider, noting that TEGNA “is committed to reaching fair, market-based agreements with all the video service providers in our area. Our track record proves it. Over the past few years, we reached hundreds of multi-year deals with cable and satellite companies all across the country, including Dish, Cox, Comcast, Verizon FiOS and many others. It has been disappointing that DirecTV, so far, has refused to reach an agreement.”

Naturally, AT&T has a different take on the matter.

“[In] the midst of an ongoing pandemic, TEGNA is demanding the largest rate increase we have ever seen, and intentionally blacking out its most loyal viewers,” the DirecTV owner said in a statement. “We challenge TEGNA to return its local stations immediately while we finalize a new agreement and pledge to pay TEGNA retroactively whatever higher rates to which we eventually agree. We share our customers’ frustration, appreciate their patience and intend to do all we can to resolve this matter soon.”

Pro-MVPD lobbying group the American Television Alliance (ATVA) offered similar sentiments, accusing TEGNA of being the unfair party harming DirecTV consumers.

“It is alarming, albeit unsurprising, that TEGNA is profiteering off of the need for local news at a time as critical as during a national pandemic,” said ATVA spokesperson Jessica Kendust. “Following a self-reported revenue of $738 million in 2020’s third quarter, TEGNA’s demand for astronomical retransmission fees on the backs of American consumers is baffling. ATVA is disappointed that TEGNA is ignoring the public interest to weaponize blackouts as a negotiation bargaining chip.”

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Q. My husband and I are afraid that we won’t have our local CBS station when it comes time for the Super Bowl because DIRECTV is fighting with Tegna, who owns WUSA, channel 9. What do you think? How long will this fight last in your opinion? — Jenny, Bowie, Maryland.

Jenny, as you note, DIRECTV this week lost 60 Tegna-owned local TV stations due to a dispute over how much the satcaster should pay the broadcaster in carriage fees. The list of blacked out stations includes your CBS affiliate, WUSA-TV.

Update: DIRECTV & Tegna sign new carriage pact.

There’s no public barometer to indicate when the stations will return because the negotiations are done in private. However, both sides continue to blame each other in public statements, citing greed for each other’s primary motivation.

Despite the war of words, I strongly believe that the disagreement with be settled long before Super Bowl 55, which is scheduled to take place February 7, 2021 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa; CBS, which includes WUSA-TV, will broadcast the game.

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In fact, I think the dispute will be resolved within the next week, and maybe even in the next 48 hours.  I say that because both sides have strong motivations to end this quickly.

1. Tegna (and its network partners) desperately need DIRECTV’s subscriber base to boost its ratings during the holidays, which includes the final five weeks of the NFL season, not to mention other live sports such as college football’s bowl games. The networks are also planning a significant amount of holiday programming, and it will be partially wasted if the Tegna stations are not available on DIRECTV, which has roughly 15-16 million subscribers (although a smaller percentage of that is in Tegna markets). (AT&T’s U-verse, AT&T TV, and AT&T TV Now are also blacked out in this fight, which means more lost viewers.)

2. AT&T needs a quick resolution for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the paramount one is that the company is actively trying to sell DIRECTV now. It won’t help the company’s cause if subscribers start defecting because they can’t watch their favorite local channels. While it’s likely a large number of customers won’t cancel, even a small group of defections could make a complicated sale even more thorny.

So my guess is that we will see a rapid conclusion to this story. I may be wrong, but I have been covering these fights for years and I think I know a short-lived dispute when I see one.

Of course, the TV Answer Man will monitor this situation and report back here when new developments occur.

Until then, happy viewing, and stay safe!

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