SANTA BARBARA, Calif - UPDATE
News-Press and Gazette Broadcast (NPG) reached an agreement with DirecTV on Saturday. That means KEYT and KKFX newscasts and programs are back on the DirecTV channel lineup.
KEYT and KKFX management is grateful for your patience and understanding as our parent company has been negotiating.
If you’d like more information on the agreement, visit http://www.npgco.com/SaveMyLocalStation. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
KEYT NewsChannel 3 & KKFX FOX 11’s parent company, News-Press and Gazette Broadcast (NPG) has been attempting to negotiate with DirecTV since September 6, 2016 and agreed to eight short-term contract extensions in an effort to avoid the disruption.
On Thursday, January 19th, one week after the blackout began, DirecTV called for an single-day Sunday exemption. NPG President of Broadcast Mike Meara declined, stating “DirecTV has been consistently slow and unrealistic in its negotiating. It is unfair that DirecTV is placing its customers in the middle of this, just as it is unfair for them to expect NPG to accept terms dissimilar to what we have agreed to with other providers.”
390-thousand DirecTV subscribers are impacted by the DirecTV blackout in NPG’s 10 local television markets; Colorado Springs, CO, El Paso, TX, Santa Barbara, CA, Monterey, CA, Columbia, MO, Palm Springs, CA, Idaho Falls, ID, Yuma, AZ, Bend, OR and St. Joseph, MO. There has not been any disruption of service for customers of other satellite or cable providers.
NPG is keeping its viewers up to date on the dispute in its local newscasts and on the company’s website: http://www.npgco.com/SaveMyLocalStation.
Sunday’s NFL Championship, meantime, will be available to impacted viewers over the air. And on a number of other providers including: Dish Network, Cox Communications, Comcast Cable and Spectrum-Charter Cable systems.
National Football Conference: Packers vs. Falcons, 12:00 p.m. PT on KKFX Fox 11.
American Football Conference: Steelers vs. Patriots, 3:30 p.m. PT on KCOY 12 Central Coast Local News