Hearst Television And DirectTV In Major Contract Dispute

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Hearst Television owns Pittsburgh ABC affiliate station WTAE. In an announcement earlier this week, Hearst stated it has pulled all its channels from DirectTV' s lineup. The two entities are apparently engaged in a contract dispute that does not appear to have a close end in sight. Many California readers may be able to relate to the situation.

Hearst says DirectTV is responsible for the contract dispute because it has requested below market rates for the right to carry its stations. Hearst made it clear it finds this request unreasonable because it has made substantial investments to provide high quality viewing to its customers. Viewers may still access Hearst's stations online and through other satellite means.

There are many frustrated customers, however. DirectTV says it understands this frustration, which has been caused by Hearst preventing its signal from reaching the homes of DirectTV subscribers. DirectTV also stated that many of the stations in question are already viewed for free through various venues, thus making Hearst's request for increased fees unfair. The popular satellite company says its customers have the right to view their favorite stations when they have paid for subscriptions that include those stations.

DirectTV asked customers to be patient and assured them it is doing its best to work out a reasonable solution to its current problems with Hearst Television. Such disputes often rage for months.  When each side refuses to compromise, it can be nearly impossible to resolve disagreements without outside intervention. In many circumstances, California business persons and others have been able to achieve swift and agreeable solutions by acting alongside skilled and experienced business and commercial law assistance.

Source: dominionpost.com, "DIRECTV, WTAE in contract dispute", Jan. 3, 2017

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