A New DirecTV Retrans Impasse Blanks Cowles Stations


On Sunday evening, National Football League fans in three Northwestern TV markets, like many across the U.S., may wish to settle in to the armchair, grab a beer, and enjoy the Pittsburgh Steelers as they visit Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately, customers of DirecTV in these DMAs won’t be able to. That’s thanks to the latest retransmission consent negotiation gone bad, resulting in a “blackout” of the NBC affiliates serving Billings, Mont.; and both Spokane and Yakima, Wash.

Three other stations, all dual ABC and FOX affiliates, are also impacted.

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