DIRECTV customers lose Weather Channel in contract renewal dispute

Over 80,000 Syracuse area DIRECTV customers have lost The Weather Channel as of midnight Tuesday. The outage leaves 20 million households nationwide without access to the 24-hour weather network.

The following is a statement from David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company:

â??This is unprecedented for The Weather Channel. In our 32 years, we have never had a significant disruption due to a failure to reach a carriage agreement. We offered DIRECTV the best rate for our programming, and I am shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day. We are not looking for a large fee increase. We are simply looking for a fair deal that allows our company to continue to invest in the science and technology that enables us to keep people safe, deliver the worldâ??s best weather, and tell weather stories to help people be prepared and informed."

Sunday, The Weather Channel launched a campaign, encouraging concerned customers to reach out to DIRECTV and to their members of Congress to ask them to keep the weather channel.