Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal



NEW YORK (AP) — DirecTV and Tribune Broadcasting say they have struck a deal ending an impasse that since Sunday blacked out some channels carried by the satellite television provider in major U.S markets.

The deal announced late Wednesday will allow DirecTV to carry all of Tribune Broadcasting’s local stations and WGN America for the next five years. Terms were not disclosed.

DirecTV Inc. subscribers in 19 U.S. markets lost access to programming ranging from “American Idol” to Major League Baseball after the previous contract with Tribune Broadcasting expired at midnight Saturday.

The affected markets included New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia. DirectTV says 5 million homes were affected by the blackout.

Tribune Broadcasting is a division of Chicago-based Tribune Co.