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Looking for numbers: how much should DIRECTV pay KAYU for programs?

Day 24 of the KAYU DIRECTV blackout, with no sign that the impasse will end soon.

We asked both sides by e-mail if movement was likely today. 

We learned neither side seems optimistic. DIRECTV said, simply, they saw nothing new to resolve the long dispute — which centers on how much DIRECTV will pay, per household, for the ability to deliver KAYU's Fox Network Spokane-based programs to viewers in the region.

Jon Rand, COO of Northwest Broadcasting, which runs KAYU TV, said about the same:

“DIRECTV has made no offer in response to our new offer on Friday.  In fact, they are still sitting where there were on Jan. 1, while we  have made three proposals to them.”

We have no clarity on how much distance the two sides are apart, in price.

What would be helpful is to find what other affiliates are getting from DIRECTV or from Dish Network, for similarly sized markets, comparable to Spokane.

Anyone have access to solid numbers?  What is the fee per TV household that DIRECTV pays to affiliates in Boise, or in Tacoma?

What does Comcast pay in those cities?  Anyone?


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