DirecTV and Cordillera Communications, the company that owns WLEX-TV (Channel 18) in Lexington, reached an agreement Saturday afternoon, just in time for the NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
The two entities reached "a multi-year agreement" at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, said Pat Dalbey, president and general manager of WLEX.
Dalbey said Channel 18's signal was restored to customers about an hour later.
WLEX, an NBC affiliate, went dark for thousands of Central and Eastern Kentucky DirecTV customers on Jan. 1, because of a pricing dispute.
"Cordillera Communications and DirecTV have agreed in principle on a new agreement that will enable ten local broadcast stations owned by Cordillera Communications to return into DirecTV local customers' homes immediately," DirecTV spokesman Tom Tyrer said in an email.
The other stations affected were in Arizona, Montana, Colorado, California, Louisiana and Texas.