Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries Back As WSFL, DirecTV Reach Deal
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – After a 4 day standoff, local programs and shows on The CW network returned to the screens of South Florida DirecTV customers after the satellite service and the Tribune company reached an agreement allowing DirectTV to carry Tribune’s TV stations, including WSFL 39 in South Florida.
The two companies failed to meet a contract deadline on Saturday, and Tribune’s programming was taken off the satellite TV service for 4 days.
Wednesday, the two companies reached a 5 year agreement, and service was quietly restored late last night.
“On behalf of Tribune Broadcasting, I want to thank viewers across all of our markets for their support, understanding and patience during the negotiating process—we truly regret the service interruptions of the last several days,” Tribune president Nils Larsen said in a statement.
At issue was how much DirecTV would compensate WSFL and 18 other Tribune stations. The terms of the agreement were not made public.
Since an agreement could not be reached, DirecTV was forced to take down the programming by federal law.
Last January, DirecTV had a similar disagreement with Sunbeam Television Co., the parent company of WSVN – Ch. 7 and a television station in Boston.