Television viewers can again watch Fox 8 Cleveland broadcasts on Spectrum’s cable service.
Channel 8 owner Tribune Broadcasting and Spectrum owner Charter Communications reached a deal early Friday morning, restoring 24 local TV stations across the country to the Spectrum lineup after a nine-day blackout.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement that will return Tribune Broadcasting's local television stations and WGN America to Spectrum customers and Tribune's viewers," the two companies said in a joint statement. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
The contract between Tribune Broadcasting and Spectrum had expired Jan. 2 in a dispute over “retransmission fees” — a fee providers (cable, satellite, etc.) pay to television broadcasters to include channels in their broadcast lineup. Stoppages like the local blackout affected U.S. viewers as many as 140 times last year, according to the American Television Alliance, a trade association representing distributors and independent programmers.
In recent weeks, other blackouts have affected HBO fans on Dish Network; Disney content on Verizon; and Verizon and Tegna.