With Deadline to Go Dark Fast Approaching, DirecTV and Belo Still Haven't Settled Dispute

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The ongoing fee fight between DirecTV and Fox -- which is threatening to yank Fox Sports Southwest and FX and its myriad other cable networks off the satellite provider -- isn't settled yet; and, who knows, it may not before the midnight hour. Also unresolved: DirecTV's battle with Belo, which, as we mentioned earlier this month, could cost local subscribers WFAA, at least for a little while. These things usually work themselves out at the last minute, but with the last minute quickly approaching, I thought we'd check in with Mike Devlin, general manager at the ABC affiliate.

"Negotiations still continue, and we're hopeful we can come to a fair settlement," says Devlin, who posted this heads-up to WFAA viewers explaining the station's side of the story. "Our position really hasn't changed: It's unreasonable that one of the most-watched channels on DirecTV is not one of the higher compensated, so for us it's a fundamental issue of fairness. if you look at Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC -- those four are the highest-viewed. Yet we're among the lowest in terms of compensation when you look at a lowly viewed cable outfit."

He wouldn't dare predict what'll happen come midnight Tuesday; he says compared to the fight with Fox, at least Belo's brawl isn't as "acrimonious." But, he reminds: There's much to be worked out between now and dark-thirty: "When you agree on your financials, there's also a whole list of other elements, which are seemingly boring. But this isn't about agreeing on an amount. These are multiyear agreements, and the entire world has changed, between the Internet, video-on-demand. There's lot of elements they have to go into."

Messages have been left for DirecTV reps to see how they think it's going.

Update at 5:47 p.m.: As a Friend of Unfair Park points out in the comments, Fox and DirecTV have just settled.
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Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

66% of Dallas residents live in Multi-Family housing.  We can't just throw up an antenna on the roof.  I had an indoor HDTV antenna that got only 1 HDTV channel.

Guest
Guest

Probably have a lot of trouble finding unobstructed southerly views for satellite dishes, too.

NHL Counterpoint
NHL Counterpoint

For those of us on directv, I can't believe that we won't be watching Wednesday's ABC lineup.  Beyond ridiculous on the part of DirecTV AND Belo.

Elemental Child
Elemental Child

needs me that belo txcn for statewide domestic disturbance coverage

Cujo
Cujo

Just wait until Jerry decides the Cowflops are PPV only because he didn't get enough suckers to pay for seat licenses and skyboxes.

WashHater
WashHater

Every time this crap comes up, I'm reminded of Tom Petty. "All the boys upstairs wanna see / how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free."

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