Recent Disputes

Here are examples of recent disputes between TV programmers and TV providers.

Lilly Broadcasting – DIRECTV
April 2017

DIRECTV customers lost 6 stations for 10 days after Lilly blocked the signal when DIRECTV wouldn’t agree to Lilly’s huge fee increase demands.

Hearst Television - Dish
March 2017

Hearst blacked out 33 stations in 26 markets for 2 weeks to gain leverage to get a rate increase nearly double the current rate and other onerous demands.

Raycom – AT&T
March 2017

AT&T customers were blacked out by Raycom because they wouldn't agree to an 'outrageous' increase in fees.

Univision – Spectrum
February 2017

Univision had demanded that its channels be taken off Charter’s systems following a months-long dispute over carriage fees.

Hearst Television – DIRECTV and AT&T
January 2017

Hearst created a one-week blackout of 26 stations when DIRECTV and U-verse wouldn't agree to a huge rate increase, even though they'd asked to keep the signal on while negotiations were ongoing.

News-Press & Gazette – DIRECTV
January 2017

News-Press & Gazette and DIRECTV were in discussions for 18 stations when NPG decided not to offer another extension and instead pulled their channels' signals.

Sinclair Broadcast – Frontier Communications
January 2017

Sinclair pulled 21 stations plus the Tennis Channel from Frontier Communications' customers for over a month due to 'extremely exorbitant" fee increase demands.

Meredith Corp. – Altice USA
January 2017

After seeking an 'outrageous' rate hike, Meredith pulled left its viewers in the dark on Altice systems for two months.

Northwest Broadcasting – Verizon FiOS
January 2017

Bristlecone Broadcasting, subsidiary of Northwest, pulled four stations from viewers for over a month - using the Super Bowl as leverage - when Verizon wouldn't agree to a 93% rate increase.

NFL Network – Dish
June 2016

The NFL's channels went dark for over six weeks after a disagreement over exorbitant fee increases.