On Tuesday, January 3, negotiations continued to restore Channel 5 to DirecTV, along with network affiliates in 25 other Hearst markets.

DirecTV dropped Hearst stations, including Channel 5 News, on January 1st, 2017 when negotiation talks failed. Hearst’s contract had expired at midnight Dec. 31, 2016.

 Channel 5 president and general manager, Braden Frantz, said in a media release DirecTV was making “unreasonable demands” by “seeking to carry our stations at below-market rates.”

Hearst had been warning viewers about a possible impasse since Dec. 27, MultiChannel News reported. Negotiations are continuing, said a Channel 5 spokesman.

“Following protracted negotiations, the efforts of Hearst Television, parent of WLWT, to achieve a new carriage agreement with DirecTV, reached an impasse, and, as a result, WLWT is now no longer being carried by DirecTV,” Channel 5 announced Sunday in a released headlined “WLWT Working To Renew Carriage On DirecTV.”

Frantz also said:

“Hearst has a long history of successfully concluding agreements with cable companies and other satellite distributors with no disruption of service to viewers.  Unfortunately, the DirecTV negotiating team is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable given the significant investments we have made to deliver top tier programming to our viewers.”

“We regret the inconvenience DirecTV’s demands have imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.”

Frantz reminded viewers that Channel 5 can be received free over-the-air with an antenna, or from competing companies, if they decide to switch from DirecTV.

Greater Cincinnati viewers can research types of a TV antenna at this link, Frantz said.  He also said viewers could “contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unreasonable demands (by calling) DirecTV customer service at 1-800-531-5000.”

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