Raycom Media Stations Go Dark on DirecTV

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But football fans don't need to worry — for a few weeks anyway

DirecTV subscribers are no longer getting 53 stations owned by Raycom Media.

Raycom says it has been negotiating with DirecTV for three months to resolve a carriage dispute.

"This is frustrating for DirecTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment," Raycom CEO Paul McTear said in a statement posted on the company's website. "We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions."

DirecTV says Raycom's requests would cause its customers' bills to rise substantially.

"Raycom Media is denying DirecTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free," DirecTV said in a statement on its website.

DirecTV goes on to say that customers would still be able to watch the first several weeks of NFL and college football games uninterrupted despite the dispute.

Raycom, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., owns or operates stations in 18 states, including in parts of Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana and Kentucky. Its properties include Raycom Sports and has offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.