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Report: DIRECTV, Sunbeam in retrans spat in Boston, Miami

DIRECTVcustomers in Boston and Miami lost access to certain stations onJuly 15, Multichannel News reportedJuly 18, citing a statement from Sunbeam.

The partiescould not reach a retransmission agreement, hence -affiliate WHDH andThe CW(US)-affiliate WLVI, both Sunbeam stations in Boston, plusFOX (US)-affiliateWSVN in Miami went dark to DIRECTV customers, according to the report.

DIRECTVparent AT&T Inc.reportedly said Sunbeam is withholding access to the stations unless it receivesa "significant increase" in current fees, while Sunbeam said it onlywants fair market value for its content.

Sunbeamsaid DIRECTV customers can access the channels via antenna or through otherproviders.

Sunbeamalso reportedly warned that DISHNetwork Corp. customers could face a similar blackout if aretransmission deal is not reached by July 22. DISH said it is working on adeal before the contract expires.

In 2012,DIRECTV and Sunbeam were also engaged in a retrans spat which resulted in a nearly two-week blackout.