The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV. The channel has been off the satellite service for nearly three months following a contract carriage dispute.
As part of the deal, DirecTV agreed to a small increase in the fees it pays to Weather Channel, the Wall Street Journal reports, though the increase will be less than the penny a subscriber a month Weather Channel sought. WSJ reports the Weather Channel has also agreed to increase the airtime it gives to weather-related news.
When talks broke down in January, DirecTV chief content officer Dan York was critical of the proliferation of reality shows and weather documentaries. “Most consumers don’t want to watch a weather information channel with a forecast of a 40 percent chance of reality TV,” he said.
More: The Weather Channel agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays and return instant local weather. More in the news release from both companies, after the jump…