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Hearst, DIRECTV near retrans deadline

Hearst Corp.'s Hearst Television Inc. warned subscribers of AT&T Inc.'s unit DIRECTV of a potential blackout in case the companies failed to reach a new retransmission deal before Jan. 1, 2017, Hearst's WBALTV.com reported Dec. 27, citing a company statement.

A potential blackout would affect DIRECTV subscribers in 28 markets where Hearst owns and operates about 33 stations, according to a Dec. 27 report by Multichannel News.

WBAL is an NBC (US) affiliate in Baltimore.