LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Several million homes in the United States with Charter-Spectrum service have no access to Univision’s popular Spanish-language television channels amid a standoff over the carriage fees paid by the cable operator.
Univision said that Charter no longer had legal authorization to distribute its channels — Univision, UniMas, Galavision and the Univision Deportes Network — as of 9 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and that it has been told to drop the networks from its lineup. Charter has maintained that it was operating within its rights.
“We have a contract with Univision and we expect them to honor it,” Charter said in a statement cited by the Los Angeles Times.
The blackout is to include more than 1.6 million homes in the Los Angeles region with Charter-Spectrum service, The Times reported. Univision is the nation’s largest Spanish-language media company. The outage does not affect customers of Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast and other systems.
Los Angeles represents the largest market for both Charter and Univision, according to The Times. The Spanish-language broadcaster’s No. 1 station is KMEX-TV Channel 34 in Los Angeles.