Tribune Reaches New Carriage Deal with Charter/Spectrum
The agreement covers 33 local TV stations and WGN America, and comes ahead of the second weekend of the NFL playoffs.
Tribune Media and Charter Communications have reached a new retransmission and carriage deal for Tribune Broadcasting's local TV stations and carriage of WGN America to Spectrum's cable systems, ending a blackout that started on Jan. 2.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. A spokesperson for Tribune Media confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the agreement covers 33 local TV stations in 24 markets across the U.S. and carriage of WGN America, Tribune’s cable entertainment network.
"Everything is being restored to Spectrum’s cable systems as fast as possible. Our viewers will be able to watch this weekend’s NFL playoffs, the Critics’ Choice Awards and next week’s premiere of Roswell, New Mexico."
Channels operated by Tribune Media on Jan. 2 went dark for around 6 million subscribers of Spectrum, the cable TV brand of Charter Communications, after talks that included the use of NFL playoff games as a bargaining chip.
Spectrum customers looking for NFL playoff games during the blackout with Tribune had to turn to the NFL and Yahoo Sports mobile apps to watch the matchups.
The concluded Tribune-Spectrum carriage feud follows another one between Disney and FiOS ending, as those two struck a deal a day ahead of New Year's Eve when their previous arrangement was set to expire.