DirecTV could lose two CBS, one NBC, two ABC and two CW affiliates next week due to a retans fee fight with their owner, Lilly Broadcasting.
Lilly Broadcasting has acquired WCVI in the United States Virgin Islands from Family Broadcasting Corp. WCVI operates as an ABC affiliate and be adding CBS as well effective Nov. 20. Both affiliates will carry network programming, local news, weather and syndicated programming. WCVI serves the United States Virgin Islands including St. Thomas, St. John and […]
Dish Network said Thursday evening that signed a multi-year agreement with Lilly Broadcasting for carriage of the broadcaster’s stations in Elmira, N.Y. (WENY); Erie, Pa. (WICU and WSEE) and Honolulu (KITV) as well as three stations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The stations went dark on the satellite service on Sept. 30.
There are three major carriage disputes that have left scores of thousands of viewers unable to watch their local channels for more than month: DirecTV vs. American Spirit Media, AT&T vs. Capitol Broadcasting and Dish Network vs. Lilly Broadcasting.
Lilly Broadcasting believes it is close to bringing the month-long blackout of its stations on Dish Network to an end. Lilly COO John Christianson said the two parties are nearing a new retransmission consent deal for the broadcaster’s 11 stations. “I’ve had very positive conversations with Dish in the past several days, and we should have a resolution solved shortly with that for all properties, whether it’s in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New York or Pennsylvania,” Christianson said.
To allow station blackouts in the middle of a retrans fight when hurricanes or other disasters loom as Lilly Broadcasting and Hearst did is not too smart. In addition to possibly depriving viewers of access to vital information, it gives retrans foes more ammunition in their fight against this valuable second revenue stream.
Lilly Broadcasting’s COO says it has given permission to Dish Network to continue carrying its stations in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, although Lilly stations in Erie, Pa., go dark in a retrans dispute.
DirecTV has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission licensing deal with family-owned Lilly family-owned SJL Broadcasting, ending a blackout on six network affiliates in three markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The blackout, which started April 1, affected stations in Elmira, N.Y.; Erie, Pa.; and Honolulu.
DirecTV has apparently lost 12 local channels in five markets due to a fee fight with their owner, Lilly Broadcasting. The channels affected in the dispute are: WSEE (CBS-CW) Erie, Pa.; WICU (NBC) Erie; WENY (CBS-ABC-CW) Elmira, N.Y; KMAU (ABC-MeTV) Wailuku, Hawaii; KHVO (ABC-MeTV) Hilo, Hawaii; and KITV (ABC-MeTV) Honolulu.
With the new station groups, 80% of U.S. homes can watch streaming local news anytime, anyplace. The announcement follows a similar deal with Tribune Media announced last month, which gave Watchup access to video content from 30 of Tribune’s broadcast stations.
John Christianson has been named executive vice president of Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division and general manager of One Caribbean Television. Christianson was replaced as GM of Lilly’s Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG by Peter Veto who was director of sales and national sales manager for both WTVG and WJRT Flint, Mich..