Channel 13 returns for DirecTV, U-verse subscribers

The parent company of WTHR-TV Channel 13 has reached a contract agreement with the DirecTV and AT&T U-verse services, allowing their customers in central Indiana to again watch the NBC affiliate’s programming.

“WTHR is back on your system! After reaching a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, all of your favorite programs have returned to your channel lineup,” WTHR said in a statement posted on its website Friday.

Terms of the new deal between Columbus, Ohio-based Dispatch Broadcast Group and AT&T Inc., the owner of the satellite and cable services, weren’t immediately available. Subscribers were expected to be able to view Channel 13 immediately.

Subscribers to the services lost access to the channel’s programming in early September as the parties negotiated on a contract for more than a month.

The blackout created some consternation among local National Football League fans, who could not watch NBC’s pro football offerings via DirectTV or U-verse. The channel remained available over traditional airwaves.

The contract standoff also affected Dispatch's 10TV station, a CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.

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