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A&E, History, & Lifetime At Risk of Being Dropped By DIRECTV NOW, DirecTV, & AT&T U-Verse

Jason Gurwin

A&E’s contract with AT&T is about to expire meaning that customers are at risk of losing all programming from 10 A&E owned channels including A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, FYI, Viceland, LRW, History en Espanol, Military History, and Crime + Investigation. This would mean no more Live PD or Dance Moms.

The current carriage agreement between the companies expires on April 30th.

The carriage dispute would affect customers with DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, as well as streaming services DIRECTV NOW and AT&T WatchTV. While the channels were recently removed in their new DIRECTV NOW PLUS and MAX plans, those grandfathered into the existing Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, and Even More plans include A&E, History, and Lifetime.

Fortunately for streamers, the channels are available on other streaming services like Philo ($16) who calls A&E an investor, as well as fuboTV, Sling TV, and Hulu Live TV.

AT&T TV NOWAT&T WatchTVfuboTVHuluPhiloSling TVPS VueYouTube
“Just Right”“PLUS”“WatchTV”“fubo”“Hulu Live TV”“Base”“Orange”“Blue”“Access”“YouTube TV”
Sign UpSign UpFree TrialFree TrialFree TrialFree TrialSign UpSign UpSign UpSign Up
US$ 74,99US$ 54,99US$ 15US$ 59,99US$ 54,99US$ 16US$ 30US$ 30US$ 50US$ 64,99
FYI--^ US$ 8^ US$ 5^ US$ 5--
Lifetime Movie Network---^ US$ 8^ US$ 5^ US$ 5--

This is the second major carriage dispute in as many weeks for AT&T. In late March, Viacom channels were nearly removed from DIRECTV NOW and AT&T WatchTV. An agreement right after the deadline not only saw the channels remain on AT&T-owned services, but saw them added to DIRECTV NOW PLUS and MAX plans.

Just last week, AT&T dropped NFL Network from DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-Verse saying “as we continue to manage content costs, we could not reach an agreement with the NFL to continue to carry those channels.”