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Revised post: KAYU-Time Warner fee dispute in North Idaho may be longest blackout ever

Still no news on when the long, 28-day retransmission payment dispute affecting DIRECTV customers will end.

This is no fun for customers who are paying good money to DIRECTV and feel abused by the battle between DIRECTV and Northwest Broadcasting, which owns and operates KAYU, the Spokane Fox affiliate.

After quick research, we learned we were wrong in yesterday's post on the longest-lasting blackout.

Between December 2006 and February 2008, Spokane's own Northwest Broadcasting blacked out its signal for North Idaho Time Warner Cable subscribers. That 14-month stretch is the apparent longest recent signal denial.

In recent memory, the longest blackout occurred between January and December 2005, nearly a full year.

That was between Cable One, a southwest cable operator, and Nextstar Broadcast, which operated several stations in Louisiana, Missouri and Texas.




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