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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 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 Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up
$74.99 $54.99 $15 $64.99 $64.99 $16 $35 $35 $50 $64.99
A&E - - -
FYI - - ^ $6 ^ $6 - -
History - - -
Lifetime - - -
Lifetime Movie Network - - - ^ $6 ^ $6 - -
Vice TV - - -

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.”

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