Hearst and AT&T Reach Deal For DirecTV, AT&T TV NOW, & AT&T U-Verse
After failing to reach a deal by Friday’s deadline — the two sides reached a deal after a 24 hour blackout. As a result, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, AT&T TV, and AT&T TV NOW customers across the country will see 34 local affiliates in markets like Pittsburgh, PA, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, WI, Oklahoma City, OK, and Omaha, NE return in time for the NFL playoffs and Golden Globes. Most of the affiliates are ABC networks (20), with NBC (10), CBS (2), MyNetworkTV (1), and The CW (1) affected in some markets.
Earlier this year, CBS was dropped in major markets on DirecTV and nationally AT&T TV NOW. Prior to that, Nexstar, the largest local affiliate owner, had their channels dropped DirecTV, AT&T TV NOW, and AT&T U-Verse. Those channels came back to AT&T-owned pay TV services after weeks of blackouts. The company manage to avoid a blackout of Sinclair-owned locals.