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KITV reaches agreement with DirecTV

By Erika Engle


Hawaii residents will still be able to watch KITV via the DirecTV satellite service after midnight, as the station's parent company, New York-based Hearst Television Inc., has reached a retransmission agreement with California-based DirecTV.

Station officials could not be reached, but a message on the KITV website confirms the deal for continued services.

DirecTV subscribers' ability to watch KGMB-TV and KHNL-TV after midnight is not yet resolved.

The stations' parent company, Alabama-based Raycom Media, "continues to negotiate in good faith at the bargaining table at the present hour," said General Manager Rick Blangiardi. Raycom has provided DirecTV a signed agreement "that will allow continued coverage ... to DirecTV subscribers into 2014," and said the company is awaiting a response and signature from DirecTV. A message across the bottom of television screens during broadasts is airing on the stations until there is a new development.

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