DIRECTV STATEMENT ON TEGNA, INC. DENYING REQUEST TO RELEASE U.S. MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT FACILITIES FROM 66 STATION BLACKOUT

“DIRECTV provides programming to more than 500 facilities in the nation’s military bases, U.S. Capitol buildings, key government offices, and shore-to-ship transmissions to U.S. naval vessels. We privately sought TEGNA’s permission to restore its signals exclusively to military and federal institutions while we continue to negotiate a new agreement, which would’ve allowed DIRECTV to once again deliver the news, entertainment and sports including Saturday’s Army-Navy game from TEGNA’s stations. Unfortunately, TEGNA, a U.S. government-licensed broadcaster whose own mission statement is to ‘serve the greater good of our communities’, intentionally deprived our U.S. servicemen and women and other government workers by weaponizing this blackout to extract rate increases for programming that TEGNA itself promotes as available for free over-the-air or on direct-to-consumer services.”