A&E, History, & Lifetime At Risk of Being Dropped By DIRECTV NOW, DirecTV, & AT&T U-Verse
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.
|AT&T TV NOW||AT&T WatchTV||fuboTV||Hulu||Philo||Sling TV||PS Vue||YouTube|
|“Just Right”||“PLUS”||“WatchTV”||“fubo”||“Hulu Live TV”||“Base”||“Orange”||“Blue”||“Access”||“YouTube TV”|
|Sign Up||Sign Up||Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial||Sign Up||Sign Up||Sign Up||Sign Up|
|FYI||-||-||•||•||^ $8||•||^ $5||^ $5||-||-|
|Lifetime Movie Network||-||-||•||-||^ $8||•||^ $5||^ $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.”