At least one retransmission consent negotiation between a pay-TV provider and broadcaster won’t be ruining anyone’s New Year’s Eve. Hearst Television announced Thursday (Dec. 30) that it had reached a deal Wednesday with DirecTV covering the group’s 29 stations in 26 markets such as Boston; Sacramento, Calif.; and Pittsburgh.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
There are still a number of retransmission consent negotiations that are going down to the wire, including DirecTV and Raycom Media; Suddenlink and Viacom; and the most contentious, Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Earlier this week, Sinclair accused Time Warner Cable of ceasing negotiations for the carriage of 33 TV stations, a claim Time Warner refuted. The deal, affecting 4 million TWC subscribers, is likely headed for a blackout at midnight Dec. 31.