CBS blackout hits DirecTV, DirecTV NOW, and AT&T U-Verse

Jeannie Matthews
July 22, 2019

"After months of negotiations, CBS is simply looking to receive fair value for its popular programming", CBS said in a statement shortly after its programming was removed from AT&T's television services.

Some misplaced customers are also allowed access to the CBS Sports Community and Smithsonian Channel, as stated.

CBS used to be charged approximately $2 in compliance with AT&T purchaser fees, and the company is now soliciting approximately $3 in accordance with the purchasers, customers notified The occasions.

The blackout affects CBS and CW-affiliated stations in 14 major markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. "CBS has said publicly that it priced All Access much higher to capitalize on customers it can capture from cable, satellite or other means of distribution".

CBS last negotiated a retransmission agreement with DirecTV in 2012 - three years before AT&T acquired the El Segundo satellite TV company.

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".it has become clear to us that CBS is intent on blacking out any home that chooses to receive cable or satellite service, antagonizing its most loyal viewers", an AT&T statement said. The spat comes at the same time that local stations owned by Nexstar have also hit an impasse with AT&T, leaving those stations dark for the past two-plus weeks. "AT&T, however, continues to propose unfair terms well below those agreed to by its competitors and may drop CBS unless we agree to those terms".

AT&T is recommending customers in affected markets find CBS content over the air or on CBS.com. Nexstar, which is based in Irving, Texas, now serves such communities as San Francisco, Fresno, Bakersfield, Colorado Springs and Wichita, Kansas. AT&T also is suggesting that its subscribers pay for the CBS All Access streaming service, at $5.99 a month.

AT&T countered in a statement provided to Variety that CBS is "a repeat blackout offender" that has pulled its programming from other carriers before in order to get its way. The use of such devices has been on the upswing.

"While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time", the message read.

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