Several million homes in the United States with Charter-Spectrum service have no access to Univision抯 popular Spanish-language television channels Wednesday amid a standoff over the carriage fees paid by the cable operator.
Univision said that Charter no longer has legal authorization to distribute its channels — Univision, UniMas, Galavision and the Univision Deportes Network — as of 9 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday and that it has been told to drop the networks from its lineup. Charter has maintained that it was operating within its rights.
The blackout is to include more than 1.6 million homes in the Los Angeles region with Charter-Spectrum service. Univision is the nation抯 largest Spanish-language media company. The outage does not affect customers of Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast and other systems.
Los Angeles represents the largest market for both Charter and Univision. The Spanish-language broadcaster’s No. 1 station is KMEX-TV Channel 34 in Los Angeles.