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AT&T Dispute Means Lost Locals on DIRECTV NOW & DIRECTV in 25 Markets

Jason Gurwin

Over the last few days, some DirecTV and DIRECTV NOW customers have noticed that they had lost local affiliates from their service. This is the result of a dispute between AT&T and local station owners Northwest Broadcasting, Deerfield Media, Roberts Media, Second Generation of Iowa, GoCom Media, MPS Media, Howard Stirk Holding, and Waitt Broadcasting.

While all of the affiliates were lost from DirecTV, only a subset of the channels were affected on DIRECTV NOW because many of them were not yet carried by the streaming service. This is the fourth major carriage dispute for AT&T in as many months — the service recently renegotiated deals with Viacom and A+E, while dropping NFL Network.

It is unlikely that the channels will disappear forever, but it is not unheard for local channel disputes to last multiple months. Last year, PlayStation Vue and Sinclair Media Group were in an extended battle that saw many locals dropped from the service, only to return a few months later.

Channels Impacted By The Dispute

Market Affiliate Station Group
Alexandria, LA KLAX Northwest Broadcasting
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX KBTV Deerfield Media
Bend, OR KMTR Roberts Media
Binghamton, NY WICZ, WBPN Northwest Broadcasting
Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City-Dubuque, IA KFXA Second Generation of Iowa
Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, IL WSRP GoCom Media of Illinois
Chattanooga, TN WFLI MPS Media
Cincinnati, OH WSTR Deerfield Media
Eugene, OR KMTR Roberts Media
Eureka, CA KVIQ, KIEM Northwest Broadcasting
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI WEYI Howard Stirk Holdings
Gainesville, FL WNBW MPS Media
Idaho Falls-Pocatello, ID KPVI Northwest Broadcasting
Medford-Klamath Falls, OR KMVU, KFBI Northwest Broadcasting
Mobile, AL WPMI, WJTC Deerfield Media
Rochester, NY WHAM Deerfield Media
San Antonio, TX KMYS Deerfield Media
Sioux City, IA KMEG Waitt Broadcasting
Spokane, WA KAYU Northwest Brodcasting
Syracuse, NY WSYT, WNYS Northwest Broadcasting
Tallahassee, FL-Thomasville, GA WTLF MPS Media
Twin Falls, ID KPVI Northwest Broadcasting
Wilkes-Barre-Scranton-Hazelton, PA WSWB MPS Media
Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA KFFX Northwest Broadcasting
Yuma, AZ-El Centro, CA KSWT, KYMA Northwest Broadcasting