WWNY, WNYF Off DirecTV In Contract Dispute

WWNY, WNYF Off DirecTV In Contract Dispute

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WWNY TV and WNYF Fox 28 was blacked out on DirecTV, effective at 6 PM Monday..

The blackout comes after negotiations between the satellite TV company and United Communications Corp., (U.C.C.) which owns the TV stations, broke down. A contract extension which kept WWNY and WNYF on DirecTV while talks continued expired Monday.

“United Communications is a small family-owned company whose focus has always been to serve the needs of their local viewers," said Lucy Brown, President of United Communications Corp.

"It’s unfortunate that a large corporation like AT&T (DIRECTV), which profits from our programming, doesn’t appreciate the value of it.”

In a statement, U.C.C. said it is "seeking an agreement for fair compensation, based on the value its programming brings to viewers, as well as the cost for us to bring local news, and programming from the CBS and FOX Networks.

"United has successfully negotiated agreements with all other program providers. Those providers all felt that they were able to reach a fair deal with us while continuing to offer value to their subscribers."

Tuesday, U.C.C. said in a "Frequently Asked Questions" note that "the two sides were essentially in agreement on fees; however, DirecTV has asserted legal positions that WWNY/WNYF cannot accept."

The company urged viewers to call DirecTV and "demand they keep WWNY/WNYF programming," at 1-800-531-5000.

WWNY and WNYF programming continue to be available in a variety of ways, including over-the-air antenna, Spectrum, DISH, Castle Cable, Citizens Cable, SLIC and to streaming services CBS All-Access and HULU Live.

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