Local DirecTV viewers will continue to be able to view the local Fox affiliate, at least through March 11.
Negotiations are continuing between DirecTV and Northwest Broadcasting, which owns the local Fox affiliate, KFFX 11, representatives of both companies have told the Herald.
"Negotiations are active, but we are still not there," wrote Jon Rand, vice president and chief operating officer of Spokane-based Northwest Broadcasting, in an e-mail.
He said his company asked DirecTV on Wednesday to continue to air KFFX 11 while the two sides continue to negotiate.
"We're still in discussions," confirmed DirecTV spokes-man Robert Mercer in an e-mail.
The companies are trying to hammer out a new contract that will set out what DirecTV pays Northwest Broadcasting to air local Fox shows.
A previous contract expired Dec. 31. When the two sides couldn't agree, the local Fox channel went black for DirecTV viewers.
On Feb. 1, Northwest Broadcasting asked DirecTV to start airing KFFX 11 again for four weeks as the two sides continued to negotiate. DirecTV agreed to do that.