A New DirecTV Retrans Impasse Blanks Cowles Stations

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On Sunday evening, National Football League fans in three Northwestern TV markets, like many across the U.S., may wish to settle in to the armchair, grab a beer, and enjoy the Pittsburgh Steelers as they visit Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots.


Unfortunately, customers of¬†DirecTV¬†in these DMAs won’t be able to. That’s thanks to the latest retransmission consent negotiation gone bad, resulting in a “blackout” of the NBC affiliates serving Billings, Mont.; and both Spokane and Yakima, Wash.

Three other stations, all dual ABC and FOX affiliates, are also impacted.

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