Local CW affiliate blacked out on DirecTV because of contract dispute

 

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DECATUR — Television viewers who subscribe to DirecTV won't be able to watch "Supernatural," "The Flash," "Supergirl" or other CW programs for the indefinite future.

Decatur-based WBUI-TV confirmed the station was no longer being carried on AT&T-owned DirecTV as of 7 p.m. Thursday, as the result of an impasse in negotiations between the station's owner and AT&T.

WBUI programming will continue to be blacked out on the satellite dish systems until further notice.

For DirecTV's part, the satellite provider replaced the broadcasts of "iZombie," "In the Dark" and the "Nine O'Clock News" with a screenshot saying, "The owner of this channel has removed it from your lineup despite our request to keep it available to you. We share your frustration and regret any inconvenience."

The station's owner is listed as GOCOM Media LLC, and it is operated by The Sinclair Group.

In the meantime, television viewers with access to an antenna will be able to watch the channel that way until a possible settlement is made with AT&T/DirecTV.

The station broadcasts from a transmitter in Whitmore Township between Oreana and Interstate 72.

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