WJCL 22 in the Savannah-Hinesville-Hilton Head DMA among nearly 50 channels blacked out in AT&T-involved fee fights

by jovan1984


Dallas — When the ball dropped on the West Coast to bring in 2017, so did the channels on the AT&T-owned DirecTV.

At 3:00 EDT Sunday, AT&T blacked out nearly 50 channels in various markets due to fee fights they had against Cox Media and Hearst.

Among the casualties was Savannah’s ABC affiliate, WJCL.

Here’s the statement on WJCL’s page:

DirecTV and Hearst Television have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal retransmission consent agreement for the carriage of Hearst Television’s broadcast stations on DirecTV’s systems. We have made significant investments to deliver top tier programming to our viewers and DirecTV is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.

We regret the inconvenience DirecTV’s demands have caused its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.

To be clear, we have not “blacked out” our station. You may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, or by other satellite distribution, and, where available, from cable operators.

You can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of our station at http://www.antennaweb.org/.

To contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unreasonable demands call DirecTV customer service at 1-800-531-5000.

Since this will not be settled by sundown, people in Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties who rely on DirecTV will not be able to watch the season premier of the Bachelor tonight. And if this becomes a knockdown-dragout fight, they can forget about the winter premier of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday in Statesboro, Hampton, Millen and Sylvania, too.

Hope this gets settled soon.