Miami DirecTV Costumers Could Miss NFL Playoff Games Thanks to Argument With WSVN

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It's well known that if it bleeds it leads on South Florida FOX affiliate WSVN, but local DirecTV costumers could be missing all that blood and a lot more if the station doesn't come to an agreement with the satellite provider. Channel 7's parent company and DirecTV have until midnight tonight to come to an agreement over retransmission fees or the channel could be blacked out starting this weekend. Yes, the NFC divisional round playoff games are on FOX this weekend. Yes, American Idol premiers next week.

"We are currently negotiating with DirecTV," said Robert Leider, WSVN vice president and general manager, in a story on the station's website. "But right now, it does not look like we are going to be able to reach an agreement. If that happens, people who watch DirecTV will not be able to watch Channel 7."

The heart of the argument is over how much DirecTV pays Sunbeam Television. Sunbeam owns WSVN in addition to two stations in Boston.

"DirecTV is working with owners of WSVN in Miami, to keep providing its local news, sports and network programs beyond Jan. 13 when Sunbeam has told us they would remove the stations from our lineup," reads a statement from DirecTV. "We have no problem compensating Sunbeam fairly. DirecTV leads the video industry in settling programming disputes before any customers lose access to their favorite shows."

The argument could also affect local bars who subscribe to DirecTV's NFL package.

Of course, television owners can still get WSVN by hooking up an antenna, but you didn't pay all the money for your HD flatscreen to watch antenna television did you? Subscribers could also switch to a cable provider, but it's unlikely installation could be done before the weekend.

If the blackout isn't avoided and indeed extends beyond the weekend, DirecTV subscribers could also miss next week's season premiere of American Idol.

The good news is though that these arguments between stations and satellite providers have a tendency to go up to the last minute. Don't be surprised if a deal is struck before midnight tonight.

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Micah701
Micah701

Seems Jarden is calling their greedy shots for Sunbeam. Ban all their products. They are so worried about money lets cost them some. 300 % raise  are they nuts., Sounds illegal to me

Phazzaz
Phazzaz

I think all you money mongers could care less about the consumer. Greed is all that Sunbeam and chanel 7 think about. Your going to lose a lot of customers. And I for one will never again purchase anything Sunbeam. You stink

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

It would seem that WSVN also decreased power output of its digital air signal, I have both DirecTV HD & Digital TV inputs and I get 30 Miami digital channels but WSVN in North Bay Village (13miles away) not coming in.

Chuck
Chuck

Rhspooky you have no clue on what is going on. WSVN will try the same crap with all of the other services.. 

Jpmcmiami
Jpmcmiami

So what are the chances we might micc the NFC championship game?

Rhspooky
Rhspooky

Well missed game so will drop direct tv  monday will go to u verse since I have it for my phone and computor. F....K u Direct TV  hell I have to watch commericals for 10 min every 1/2 hour any way and those f...k cuban chanmnels thia is America not Cuba

BostonTvViewer
BostonTvViewer

Sunbeam owns channel 7 affiliate in Boston, which is a huge market too!  

Art
Art

IF I MISS THE NFL PLAYOFF GAMES DUE TO THIS DISPUTE BETWEEN WSVN AND DIRECTV, I WILL DROP WSVN CHANNEL 7 IN SOUTH FLORIDA FROM MY DIRECTV LIST OF CHANNELS AND NEVER WATCH WSVN AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THESE DISCUSSIONS.  I WILL ALSO BOYCOTT ALL ADVERTISERS ON WSVN.

Toastf
Toastf

boycott the greedy bastadrs

MBBornandraised
MBBornandraised

The usual quality writing we have come to expect from The New Times.

Hairmaxfrance
Hairmaxfrance

who's proofreading titles here? 'Costumers'? it's been up since 5pm yesterday, this is not a good look...................

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Luis
Luis

You can still watch the games by hooking up your laptop to your TV. It's even easier if you have a game console or a streaming device. 

Wisdom305
Wisdom305

Hey how do i do that help me please i have an xbox 360 how would i be able tu stream it

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