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Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — A continuing feud between DirecTV and the company that oversees Alaska’s ABC affiliates doesn’t appear to be getting closer to a resolution.

Vision Alaska, which operates affiliates in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau, posted an update on Thursday saying that retransmission negotiations with the satellite TV provider had fallen short.

Alaska ABC affiliates have been off the air since last weekend because of the stalled negotiations. That timing generated anger among some viewers, since it essentially blacked out the Oscars ceremony for DirecTV customers.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page Thursday, Vision Alaska said DirecTV hasn’t offered fair compensation.

“DirecTV’s take it or leave it approach simply doesn’t work here,” it stated.

A Vision Alaska spokesman didn’t respond to an email requesting additional information Friday.

DirecTV didn’t offer any hope, either. The company website that highlights negotiations with television providers, directvpromise.com, was updated Thursday but didn’t appear to have any new information on the Alaska dispute.

The DirecTV statement accused Vision Alaska of “reprehensible tactics” by abruptly pulling its station from its customers.

On their Facebook page, the ABC affiliates stated that Alaskans have “many resources” to get its programming without DirecTV, including over-the-air broadcasts, local cable companies and a competing satellite provider.

Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMbusiness.

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