It isn’t so uncommon for disputes between content and distribution giants to leave consumers without channels. But DirecTV’s battle with Tribune isn’t just another conflict over retransmission fees. It’s turned into an indictment of the Tribune company’s management in bankruptcy, and what DirecTV calls “another case of runaway Wall Street Greed,” in a press release issued when DirecTV filed a complaint with the FCC Monday afternoon.
The largest satellite TV company (DTV) not only accuses Tribune of negotiating in bad faith, it suggests that broadcast licenses have been “prematurely, and inappropriately, transferred to bankruptcy creditors.” DirecTV is asking the FCC for “immediate intervention and expedited ruling against Tribune.”
The negotiation started off fairly straightforward. Tribune wants DirecTV to pay to carry its 23 local broadcast channels. The day the two companies’ contract was set to expire, DirecTV said it and Tribune had come to terms on a deal to broadcast the stations. An hour later, Tribune said it had not reached an agreement: the 23 local stations and cable network WGN America were blacked out at midnight on April 1.Page 1 of 5 | Next Page