RETRANS

Cowles Stations Go Dark On DirecTV

DirectTV and Cowles have reached an impasse in their retransmission consent negotiations, resulting on DirecTV dropping Cowles’ NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane and its satellites serviving Yahima and Richland and four Montana stations — NBC affiliate KULR Billings, ABC affiliate KWYB Butte, ABC affiliate KFBB Great Falls and ABC affiilate KTMF Missoula, according to the stations’ websites. Their last retrans agreement expired in June.

DMAS 164, 168, 188, 190 & 205

Cowles Buying Seven Max Media Stations

The stations, all in Montana, are KULR Billings; KTMF Missoula and Kalispell; KWYB Butte and Bozeman; KFBB Great Falls and KHBB Helena.