TV providers lose local news channel

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Carmen Sullivan

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Many DirecTV and U-verse users have not been happy recently, due to the blackout of NBC, which is affiliated with local news channel WTHR-13, leaving subscribers without this channel.

This is because of retransmission fees, which are basically fees that TV providers have to pay to the broadcasters to use their channel on their cable network. However, these fees have increased over the past few years, causing disputes between TV providers and Broadcasters.

Right now that dispute is between AT&T — who owns DirecTV and U-verse — and NBC. Football fans, specifically Colts fans, are even more outraged since they can’t see their team’s first few games of the official season. Mr. Jeff Bach, chemistry teacher and NBC watcher, is irritated with the matter. Mr. Bach said, “I’m bothered by it. It has changed my daily life.”

If these two companies can’t agree on a new contract soon, fans could miss new episodes of popular TV shows such as This is Us, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, and the Colts vs. Seahawks Sunday night game  Oct. 1.