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Rate Dispute Leads DirecTV to Drop KEYT From Lineup

By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff |

DirecTV dropped KEYT Television from its satellite-television lineup Wednesday after the two sides failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

The news comes after last week’s announcement that the parent company of KEYT Television had reached an impasse in negotiations with the satellite-television provider — a stand-off that would also affect other television stations owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company.

DirecTV terminated carriage at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to KEYT.

The ABC Central Coast affiliate announced the contract termination Wednesday, citing a rate disagreement between DirecTV and the family owned News-Press & Gazette Company, which purchased KEYT last year.

KEYT General Manager Mark Danielson said he was disappointed that “DirecTV would deprive its subscribers of KEYT’s highly rated national and local programming.”

He emphasized that DirecTV’s decision only affects the satellite provider’s subscribers.

KEYT subscribers can still watch the station for free over the air with an antenna, on the DISH Network, or from an area cable system, including Comcast, Charter, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable.

Danielson said the two companies had been in negotiations for several weeks, with KEYT even granting an extension to DirecTV in an effort to accommodate the provider and to avoid a disruption to its satellite subscribers.

The previous contract expired Sept. 30.

“The core dispute between DirecTV and the station involves the price DirecTV is willing to pay the station for the right to re-sell the station’s signal, and DirecTV’s demand for the right to place the station’s signal on the Internet without paying the station a fair price,” Danielson said.

He called the station’s rate proposal “very modest” and consistent with today’s market prices.

DirecTV could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Danielson said he was hopeful the disagreement could be resolved, but encouraged satellite subscribers to look at other available options to view KEYT programming.

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» on 10.09.13 @ 01:53 PM

DirecTV clearly is not too serious about this market if they cannot make a deal with the only local TV station besides KSBY.

» on 10.09.13 @ 08:24 PM

I am not a directtv subscriber but if I was I would not be unhappy.  KEYT News reminds me of the high school news team that used to air back in the day when I was young.  A day without Beth and CJ and Alan is like a day with lots of sunshine. Those three talk so fast that they end up talking over each other and make no sense half the time.  And by the way whatever happened to Paula L?  Just asking.

» on 10.10.13 @ 07:33 AM

why does the TV station require payment to be carried on satelliteservice anyhow, you can get it free with an antenna and they get paid by advertising sounds like they’re trying to double dip.

I am I DirecTV subscriber but I only watch 3 to 4 CBS shows and nothing local, so I’ll just watch the shows on line from CBS direct.


» on 10.10.13 @ 08:32 AM

Want some leverage Mr. Danielson?

Tell the new parent company, News-Press & Gazette, to spend the money for an antennae array that sufficiently covers the minimum of Winchester to Carpinteria.  Your engineer has stated prior to the new ownership most of your broadcast coverage locally is due to a inadequate tower.  (pretty bad when people living 1/4 of a mile from the tower cannot get Ch. 3)

It also provides a community service when cable and other sources are out. KEYT was one of the few sources when a massive wind storm took out all of Cox, and it was aux. power that allowed us to tune in…but that was before digital.

» on 10.10.13 @ 09:56 AM

da face, they charge because they can charge.  It is said when the only local station for us does this.  And very true they are really the best and only source for emergency info locally so us with direct tv are left out hanging without that.  Too bad, we just got direct tv in SY and maybe we will consider changing from satellite back to cable.

» on 10.10.13 @ 10:58 AM

Hold on there sbmother, Cox, Dish and others will be going through the same contract negotiations later. DirecTV was just the first. And as much as I am angry at DirecTV for its breach of contract with subscribers (paying for a channel it no longer provides), it is apparent that this is one of the many problems associated with our antiquated FCC system.

For the unlearned, this kind of crap has been going on for decades since the digital revolution. HD TV was delayed 10 years because of idiotic hostage taking by producers over carriers and distributors. None of this existed back in the old analog antenna days where advertisers paid for production and distribution was free. Yet we still are subjected to the insane barrage of tacky advertisement and now have to pay for distribution as well. All this could have been avoided had the FCC been looking out for the folks as it was set up to do instead of playing cronyism with Hollywood and big cable/satellite distributors.

With any luck at all, the internet will render both parties and the FCC moot. Good riddance to all of them.

» on 10.10.13 @ 11:31 AM

sbmother,according to the article, the basis for the disagreement is specifically, “DirecTV’s demand for the right to place the station’s signal on the Internet without paying the station a fair price.”  Sounds to me like KEYT has a valid argument.

» on 10.10.13 @ 02:47 PM

So I’ll collect their signal via antenna and down load on the net. Screw em. KEYT is just using the FCC mandated carrier law as a way to extort money from distributors like cable and satellite. Cox your next.

» on 10.10.13 @ 06:31 PM

no great loss but it would be great to get keyt news live or rebroadcast over the internet. i think there is a company back east fighting to be able to snag overair signals and downloading them to the internet.

» on 10.11.13 @ 09:39 AM

I believe Cox went through this last year with KEYT.  At the time I lived in SB and had Cox. They came to an agreement (meaning Cox gave in to the extortion of the local station, as they always do).  this has been an ongoing argument for as long as I can remember.

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