Syracuse TV channel reaches contract agreement; ABC programming back for Verizon FiOS customers

    Central New York Verizon FiOS customers will be able to watch ABC programming again after the company settled a contract dispute with Nexstar.

    NewsChannel 9 (WSYR), the local ABC affiliate, and a dozen other Nexstar-owned TV stations were pulled by Verizon on Oct. 14 after the two companies failed to reach a new distribution agreement.

    For two weeks, Syracuse-area customers missed out on some national college football games and regular ABC programming like “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Abbott Elementary,” “The Goldbergs” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

    Syracuse’s football game against Clemson was also blacked out.

    Nexstar announced Friday that the company and Verizon reached a multi-year distribution agreement for local stations in 10 markets, including the Syracuse area.

    The deal affects more than three million FiOS subscribers, Nexstar said.

    Staff writer Fernando Alba covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, story idea, question or comment? Reach him at 315-690-6950, at [email protected], or on Twitter at @byfernandoalba.

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