WGAL still not available for DirecTV users


NBC affiliate WGAL-TV, channel 8, is still not available through DirecTV because of continuing negotiations, the affiliate said in a release Tuesday.

WGAL-TV's parent company and DirecTV could not reach a new carriage agreement, the affiliate said earlier this week.

A carriage agreement gives a company the right to transmit — or carry — a broadcaster's signal. DirecTV's former agreement with WGAL parent company Hearst Television expired on Dec. 31, according to a news release from the station.

According to the release, the affiliate is still trying to renew the carriage agreement after reaching an impasse on New Year's Eve.

“Unfortunately, our viewers are the ones who suffer from DirecTV’s delay campaign. Nonetheless, Hearst Television will continue its good faith efforts to reach a deal that is both fair for our viewers and recognizes the value that WGAL has invested in its local news and programming,” Kyle Grimes, WGAL-TV president and general manager, said in the release.

“We hope DirecTV will share our sense of urgency in getting our programming back to their subscribers in the Susquehanna Valley," he said.

Brandy Bell-Truskey, a spokeswoman for DirecTV owner AT&T, said there was no new information to share Tuesday.

Viewers are still able to receive the station from other satellite providers and cable TV companies or with an antenna, WGAL's release states. To determine the type of antenna needed to receive Hearst stations, viewers can visit www.antennaweb.org.

WGAL no longer on DirecTV