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No deal for Tribune and DirecTV

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DirecTV Inc. subscribers in 19 U.S. markets have lost access to certain programming, after Tribune Broadcasting said it failed to reach a settlement with the satellite television provider in their contract negotiations.

Tribune's 23 local stations were dropped as of midnight in each U.S. time zone. DirecTV subscribers in the markets where Tribune owns the local Fox affiliate lost access to programs such as "American Idol" and Major League Baseball. Where Tribune owns the local affiliate of The CW Network, DirecTV subscribers are unable to see shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "Vampire Diaries."

California Tribune stations:

  • Los Angeles - KTLA
  • Sacramento - FOX40
  • San Diego - FOX5

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KTLA leaves its wallet in El Segundo? Deal with DirecTV is unclear (Updated)

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The owners of KTLA have reached an agreement with DirecTV for payment to carry the channel, meaning Channel 5 will not disappear from DirecTV satellite dishes in California this weekend.

The nation's largest satellite TV provider issued a news release that it had reached agreement with Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting for local carriage of KTLA. Carriage of Tribune's cable channel, WGN America, is also covered by the deal.

Terms were not disclosed.

KTLA is transmitted for free over the air to customers in the Los Angeles market, but most people get the signal either by satellite or cable. Those services must negotiate a fee to help pay for the programming from the pay-TV companies.

Tribune owns 23 local television stations across the country, including its pioneer television station in Los Angeles. It also owns the Los Angeles Times, where front-page ads have warned DirecTV customers about the pending loss of service.

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