KRDO NEWS RELEASE
DIRECTV terminated carriage of KRDO, the ABC affiliate for Southern Colorado at 11 am today. Station KRDO General Manager, Tim Larson expressed disappointment that “DIRECTV would deprive its subscribers of KRDO and ABC’s popular national and local programming,” while noting that DIRECTV’s decision only affects DIRECTV subscribers. Larson pointed out the Station can still be received over-the-air, free, and by several local cable systems and the DISH satellite service.
KRDO General Manager Tim Larson said the Station and DIRECTV have been in negotiations for several weeks, but the negotiations reached an impasse earlier this week. The Station’s current carriage agreement with DIRECTV expired September 30, but in an effort to accommodate DIRECTV and avoid a disruption of service to DIRECTV satellite subscribers, Larson said the Station granted DIRECTV an extension to 11am October 9, 2013.
Satellite companies, like cable companies, mark-up the price they pay for local broadcast signals and re-sell those signals to their subscribers. The KRDO General Manager added, “The core dispute between DIRECTV and the Station involves (1) the price DIRECTV is willing to pay the Station for the right to re-sell the Station’s signal and (2) DIRECTV’s demand for the right to place the Station’s signal on the Internet without paying the Station a fair price.
KRDO General Manager Tim Larson expressed hope the current impasse will be resolved and the disruption in service for DIRECTV’s subscribers will end, but he cautioned that DIRECTV subscribers may wish to make plans for receiving the Station off the air for free, or switch to a local cable company or the DISH satellite service.
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