COLUMBIA — After almost two months of negotiations, KOMU/NBC and DirecTV still haven't agreed on a programming contract, leaving the channel dark for DirecTV customers.
KOMU wants more money because it says carrying shows from NBC and CW is getting more expensive, according to previous Missourian reporting. Matt Garrett, KOMU's director of audience development, said the station is only asking for a few cents more a day. DirecTV spokesman Tom Tyrer said the station wanted five-times more than it gets now.
DirecTV has not responded to KOMU's most recent contract offer, which was delivered April 25, Garrett said. The station last heard from DirecTV on April 23, he said, and the two haven't communicated since then.
"DirecTV shows no urgency in responding to us," Garrett said.
Tyrer said negotiations are still active.
"We continue to exchange proposals with KOMU and its owners, the University of Missouri, and hope for a swift resolution," Tyrer said in an email. "We do not feel that these sorts of blackouts are in anyone's interest."
Garrett said he doesn't know how long negotiations could last.