Programming returns after KOMU, DirecTV reach agreement

Friday, June 20, 2014 | 10:02 p.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 23, 2014

*Update: This story has been updated to include comment on the negotiations.

COLUMBIA — After 70 days without access, local DirecTV subscribers were able to tune to KOMU/NBC's and Mid-Missouri's CW programming Friday. 

The renewed access came after KOMU and DirecTV agreed to a new multiyear deal, according to a news release sent out by the station. On April 11, KOMU and all of its NBC and CW-affiliate programming became unavailable to DirecTV customers as the two companies disputed a renewal contract. The previous agreement between the two companies ended on March 31, and the station granted the cable provider two separate extensions to keep programming on the air until April 11.

"We are pleased that our DirecTV viewers once again have access to all the programs that matter most to them," KOMU general manager Marty Siddall said in the release.

During the renewal process, KOMU requested more money because it said carrying shows from NBC and CW is getting more expensiveaccording to previous Missourian reporting. DirecTV wanted the rights to digitally stream content, but KOMU does not have the ability to grant those rights.

This was not the first conflict between DirecTV and local stations. In October, DirecTV and News-Press & Gazette were unable to renew their contract, which led to a blackout of KMIZ/ABC, KQFX/FOX and MyZouTV, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Matt Garrett, KOMU's director of audience development, said that the station could not comment on the terms or details of the negotiation.

"The most important thing is that the agreement is in place so we can continue to serve our viewers in the community," Garrett said.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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