Due to the failure of the TV broadcasting arm of the Tribune Company and DirecTV to reach a re-transmission agreement, as of Midnight, March 31st, all local Tribune Broadcasting TV stations, including Tribune-own FOX affiliates, as well as Superstation WGN, have been pulled from DirecTV's line-up. This means that many DirecTV subscribers will lose access to popular TV programs, such as American Idol, Glee, NASCAR, and Major League Baseball, as well as the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox games provided by WGN.
At issue is the claim by Tribune that it is not being financially compensated by DirecTV for re-transmitting its stations' programming to DirecTV subscribers. Hopefully, this will be a temporary situation, but in the meantime, there will be a lot of angry DirecTV subscribers and fans of FOX and WGN programming that will not be so understanding...
In the meantime, Tribune has put up a website for consumers to express their feelings to DirecTV, as well as providing tips on how to access the lost programming without having to rely on DirecTV, while DirecTV has put up its special website to promote their side of the story.
All this begs the question - How do you receive your TV programs? Cast a vote in my continuing poll on this question.
UPDATE 4/4/12: DirecTV and Tribune Broadcasting Settle Differences