TDS, Nexstar End Retrans Battle

Deal ends five-week blackout
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TDS Telecom said it has reached a retransmission consent agreement with Nexstar Media Group, returning the broadcaster’s television stations to its customers in eight states. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nexstar stations went dark to about 50,000 TDS customers on Dec. 31 in Indiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The new comprehensive deal will return Nexstar’s ABC, CBS and Fox-affiliated stations and others to TDS subscribers in time to see the Super Bowl, which airs on CBS this Sunday.

“I would like to personally thank our customers for their patience and cooperation during the negotiations,” TDS Telecom CEO Jim Butman said in a statement.. “Because of their support we were able to come to a reasonable agreement with Nexstar.”

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