This happens in SD, every year or two. I have regular Cable TV and certain channels, including our locla channels flash across the bottom of the monitor and talk about it on the newscasts that they are having cost bargaining problems with Direct TV and if it isn't settled by a certain date, these channels will be unavailable.
Most of the time it gets settled by the date, sometimes it is a week or two later.
Pay attention to what is being crawled along the bottom of your TV and you might not be caught unaware. I realize there are some places where you can't receive cable, but I prefer that over what I have heard about the dish companies.
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