Boston, Miami DirecTV Viewers Lose Sunbeam Affiliates

Sunbeam Television-owned affiliates in Boston and Miami went dark on DirecTV Saturday after the two companies failed to strike a carriage deal.

Miami-based Sunbeam owns three TV stations – NBC affiliate WHDH and CW affiliate WLVI in Boston, and WSVN, the Fox affiliate serving Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. DirecTV has publicly blamed Sunbeam for the dispute, saying the group is demanding a “significant increase” in fees to carry the stations.

This isn’t an entirely new drill for either company, which had a similar dispute in 2012.

Sunbeam and its owner, Ed Ansin, have also been fighting Comcast’s plans to pull WHDH’s NBC affiliation.

(Photo via Tariqmudallal. Image taken on May 12, 2014 and used per Creative Commons 3.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit 3x4 aspect ratio.)