Tribune's current agreement with DirecTV expires at midnight March 31, and the company said it wanted to start alerting viewers now of a possible disruption of service.
"Despite our best efforts, DirecTV is refusing to offer a fair deal and we remain far apart in negotiations,” said Tribune Broadcasting President Nils Larsen.
With more than 19 million subscribers, DirecTV is the nation's second-largest pay TV distributor, behind Comcast. In a statement, DirecTV said, "We anticipate that Tribune will honor its 165-year history of serving the public interest and allow the stations to remain on as we continue to negotiate." The company added that it has "no problem compensating Tribune fairly."
Tribune Co. declined to comment on how much it is seeking from DirecTV. The company did say in its statement that DirecTV has never paid to carry its local stations in the past.
However, DirecTV does pay to carry WGN America, the Tribune-owned national cable channel that carries Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball as well as Chicago Bulls basketball. A person familiar with the matter not authorized to speak publicly about negotiations said previous deals for WGN America have also included Tribune's local stations.
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That really suck for some people who can't afford/order NBA league Pass and not able to watch the Bulls, and they only have to rely either stream, or other games on national television(TNT, ESPN, ABC.) or some other shows or baseball which is coming up.
It is possible they could reach a deal right at the deadline just on time like what happen with DTV and Fox I believe sometime last year.