If you lost access to some of your favorite programming over the weekend, you are not alone. Tens of thousands of DirecTV subscribers from Sacramento all the way to Modesto, New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia were unable to watch KTLA-TV, WGN and 23 other popular television stations. This is due in large part to the broadcast industry crossfire over money. DirecTV has filed a complaint with the FCC over their disagreement with Tribune Broadcasting. In the disagreement, DirecTV claims Tribune reneged on their deal that would have kept the latter’s television stations on the satellite service. On the other hand, Tribune claims DirecTV has been misleading their subscribers saying that they have an agreement in place when they actually don’t. Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement that without a deal in place DirecTV and their subscribers would lose access to Tribune’s local stations. This will mean that DirecTV subscribers will be missing a ton of their favorite channels and programming. For example Tribune’s KTLA is the local affiliate of the CW in Los Angeles, so this means subscribers will miss shows such as ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ Gossip Girl’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’. Also all of you ‘American Idol’ fanatics will not get to see who survives another week because Tribune is the parent of Fox 40. Tribune president Nils Larsen said in a statement last Thursday that if an agreement is not reached DirecTV subscribers will still be able to watch programs on broadcast stations for free in high definition with a TV antenna or by signing up with an alternative pay-TV provider.
Sounds like a huge headache, right? If you want to avoid the hassle and watch your favorite programming without fear of being interrupted then let DISH Network show you the way to a better viewing experience. DISH Network recently launched their new whole-home entertainment system called the Hopper. The Hopper comes equipped with an exclusive feature that gives you instant On Demand access to your favorite shows that premiere on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in HD. This means that for three hours a night HD primetime programming it will automatically record all 4 of these big networks, without you even having to set a timer. This will give you access to all that primetime programming On Demand for up to 8 days from the initial air date. To learn more about satellite TV programming service in your area visit us at DISH Systems or call (866)989-3474.