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Newport Strikes New Retrans Deal with Verizon, Ending Blackout

Newport Television and Verizon reached a new retrans agreement over the weekend, just in time for FiOS subscribers in Albany to watch the Giants-Packers game on Sunday afternoon.

Unable to reach a new deal with Verizon last week, Newport pulled three of its stations from the fiber optic cable system: WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg.

“We appreciate our viewers’ patience and understanding during this situation,” Newport said in a statement posted on the stations’ websites on Sunday, announcing the new deal.

Terms of the deal have not been released.

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Newport Television Stations Blacked Out on Verizon as Carriage Deal Expires

The Newport Television-owned stations in Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Albany have been pulled from Verizon FiOS as the company was unable to reach a new retrans agreement with the cable provider before yesterday’s midnight deadline.

According to Newport executive Michael DiPasquale, the company has been “working diligently to reach a resolution in this matter.”

Newport’s previous retrans agreement with Verizon expired at 11:59 p.m. last night, leaving FiOS customers without WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg. Read more

Newport-Owned Stations May Go Dark on Verizon

Three stations owned by Newport TelevisionWSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg–may be dropped from Verizon FiOS tonight as the station group stares down a deadline for retrans negotiations with the cable provider.

Newport’s current retrans contract with Verizon FiOS expires at midnight, tonight.

“We are currently working to reach a new agreement with Verizon FiOS TV,” reads a statement posted on the websites of Newport-owned stations affected by the negotiations. “However based on the current status of those discussions, we do not believe Verizon FiOS TV will be carrying [Newport stations after January 12th.”

Newport, which was founded in 2007, owns dozens of stations across the country but only three of its stations are carried on Verizon’s fiber optic cable service.

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute

WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new retransmission consent contract came together on Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. WFLA interim general manager John Cottingham praised “strong viewer support” as a factor in the successful negotiations.

“This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” he said in a statement.

WFLA Asking Viewers For Help In Verizon Dispute

As time runs out for Verizon and Media General to negotiate a retransmission agreement, Tampa-St. Petersburg’s WFLA is enlisting the help of viewers to help prevent a blackout.

“What the viewers are seeing is a crawl that WFLA is putting across their channel saying we are in a dispute,” Verizon spokesman Bob Elk told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The station is urging viewers to contact Verizon and pledge loyalty to the station.

Media General is negotiating with Verizon for carriage of WFLA and WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence. Elek said the parties “are continuing to negotiate in good faith,” noting, “rarely do these things end up with a channel actually leaving the air.”