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Hearst Extends DirecTV Negotiations

Hearst Television has granted an extension to its retransmission consent agreements with AT&T’s DirecTV and AT&T TV until at least Thursday, people familiar with both companies said.

Hearst’s 34 stations across the country were set to go dark to DirecTV and AT&T TV Now at midnight on Dec. 31 if no agreement was reached. With the extension, the companies can continue to try to hammer out a deal without a disruption of service to AT&T customers.