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DirecTV drops Weather Channel amid contract dispute
January 14th, 2014
07:00 AM ET

DirecTV drops Weather Channel amid contract dispute

By Brian Stelter, CNN

The Weather Channel disappeared from DirecTV's channel lineup shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the latest escalation in a contentious contract negotiation.

DirecTV (DTVFortune 500), the biggest satellite television distributor in the United States, appears to have replaced the Weather Channel with WeatherNation, a 24-hour channel that DirecTV has been promoting as an alternative.

"This is unprecedented for the Weather Channel," said David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel's parent company. "In our 32 years, we have never had a significant disruption due to a failure to reach a carriage agreement."

Usually when cable channels and distributors go to war over money, the two sides warn customers that a blackout will be inconvenient. This time, the Weather Channel is saying it'll be downright dangerous.

Read more of Brian's article here.

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