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On September 30, 2015, at 11:59 PM (ET), DIRECTV’s contract to carry WAVY-TV (“WAVY 10”) and WVBT (“FOX 43 TV”) will expire. We are working hard to reach a new agreement, however, as a trusted source for news and information, it is important to keep our viewers informed when a contract deadline approaches and a new agreement has not yet been reached. By law, if we do not reach an agreement, DIRECTV can no longer carry WAVY 10 and FOX 43 TV.
Our stations are important assets to the local community. Without a fair agreement, we will not be able to provide the premiere news, sports, entertainment, weather, traffic updates, political coverage and other local and national programming that is most important to you.
Please call DIRECTV and tell them you do not want to lose WAVY 10, FOX 43 TV and all of your favorite programming. You should also let DIRECTV know that you do not want to be charged for programming that you may not receive if an agreement is not reached. DIRECTV’s phone number is 1-800-531-5000. If you would like to contact us, please call 1-800-948-7240 or email keepWAVY@WAVY.com.
In the event that our stations are no longer carried by DIRECTV, you may continue to watch your favorite local programming over-the-air via antenna or by switching to an alternative pay-TV provider. For your convenience, we have provided a list of alternative pay-TV providers on this web page.
Thank you for supporting local television.
WAVY 10 and FOX 43 TV are committed to providing you with important local and national news, sports, entertainment, weather, traffic updates, political coverage and other programming that you rely upon.
Question: Why are you informing viewers that we may not be able to watch WAVY-TV (“WAVY 10”), the local NBC affiliate, and WVBT (“FOX 43 TV”), the local FOX affiliate, on DIRECTV?
Answer: Our contract with DIRECTV expires on September 30, 2015, at 11:59 PM (ET). We are working hard to reach a new agreement, however, as a trusted source for news and information, it is important to keep our viewers informed when a contract deadline approaches and a new agreement has not yet been reached. By law, if we do not reach an agreement, DIRECTV can no longer carry WAVY 10 and FOX 43 TV.
Question: Why have you not yet reached an agreement with DIRECTV?
Answer: Local broadcasters negotiate agreements with pay-TV providers all the time for the rights to resell our programming to their subscribers. Usually, agreements are reached without any disruption to your service. Unfortunately, we have yet to reach a new agreement with DIRECTV to carry our stations. We will continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching an agreement before our contract expires.
Question: Why should DIRECTV pay for a signal that is available for free to viewers over-the-air?
Answer: For many years, we have been providing viewers with around-the-clock news, political coverage, traffic, weather, public service announcements, as well as popular local and national programming. Despite our superior ratings and service to the community, we are compensated far less than many cable networks. The bottom line is DIRECTV profits by including broadcast stations like ours in its line-up. Like any other business, it should pay fair market value for the ability to resell our programming to you.
It costs a substantial amount of money to produce local programming, bid for top-quality programming, invest in high-definition, and make other upgrades to equipment and technology so that we can deliver a superior product. We must be on the same level playing field as the cable networks so we can continue to provide the top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you.
Question: Does DIRECTV pay for other channels?
Answer: Based on publicly available information, all pay-TV providers, including DIRECTV, pay substantial fees per month for the rights to carry ESPN, TNT, and many other cable networks that have far less viewers, NO local employees and NO local investments. The rates we are asking for are far less than what DIRECTV pays for major sports networks and comparable to what they pay for some other cable networks that are viewed less than WAVY 10 and FOX 43 TV. Local broadcasters around the country are negotiating for fair compensation and an even playing field with cable networks so that we can continue to provide you with your favorite programming.
Question: Is DIRECTV going to raise my rates if they reach a fair agreement?
Answer: That is a decision made solely by DIRECTV. Remember, DIRECTV already charges you to receive our local stations as part of your monthly bill. DIRECTV also charges you for dozens of channels you have probably never seen and others you hardly watch at all. We are simply requesting that DIRECTV pay fair market value for our signals, just as other pay-TV providers do.
Question: What can I do to help?
Answer: Please call DIRECTV and tell them you do not want to lose WAVY 10, FOX 43 TV and all of your favorite programming. You should also let DIRECTV know that you do not want to be charged for programming that you may not receive if an agreement is not reached. DIRECTV’s phone number is 1-800-531-5000.
It is important to know that you have many choices. You can always watch WAVY 10 and FOX 43 TV for free and in high definition over-the-air by using an antenna. We also have agreements with several other pay-TV providers in your area, including Charter, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, DISH and Mediacom.