South Florida DirecTV viewers will get a reprieve this Sunday as Miami Fox affiliate WSVN-Ch. 7 has decided to air the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers despite an impasse over retransmission fees.
In a statement issued late Thursday, Robert Leider, general manager and executive vice president of WSVN, said he is airing the game as a service to their viewers.
“WSVN-TV is still negotiating with DirecTV, but we care about our viewers, and we want them to be able to watch this game, which will determine who goes to the Super Bowl,” stated Leider,
WSVN will provide transmission of its signal to DirecTV customers starting at 6 p.m. for the Fox pre-game show, the NFC championship game itself, a special edition of “American Idol,” its WSVN 7 News, and “Sports Extra.”
Following the conclusion of “Sports Extra,” the television screens of approximately 270,000 DirecTV customers will go black once again.
DirecTV and the owner of WSVN-Fox 7 in Miami and WHDH NBC 7 in Boston are in a standoff over fees the satellite provider pays to provide broadcast programming to its customers. Although negotiations are underway, a settlement was unlikely by the weekend, hence the several hour reprieve by station management.