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TV stations go dark after Tribune, Spectrum fail to strike a deal

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Dozens of channels owned by Tribune Broadcasting have gone dark for 6 million of Charter's Spectrum TV customers nationwide, after the contract between the two parties expired at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2.

Why it matters: Content that people care about, like NFL playoff games or local news, will be unavailable to customers until the two parties reach an agreement.

Telecom giant Charter agrees to record consumer fraud settlement

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a record $174.2 million consumer fraud settlement Tuesday with Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company for defrauding internet subscribers.

Details: 700,000 consumers will receive direct refunds totaling $62.5 million, believed to be the largest single payout by an internet service provider in U.S. history. Approximately 2.2 million subscribers will also receive free streaming services and premium channels at a retail value of more than $100 million.