Updated: DIRECTV Now Has 2 Local Carriage Disputes

DIRECTV and AT&T’s U-verse may lose two local TV stations this Friday due to a carriage dispute with their owner, Dispatch Broadcast Group.

Update: The two companies have agreed to a temporary pact which will expire Wednesday, September 6. 

The stations — WTHR-TV (NBC affiliate in Indianapolis) and WBNS-TV (CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio) — have posted viewer alerts at their web sites.

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“If you are a DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse subscriber, you may not be able to view WTHR-TV after our current contract with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse expires on Friday, September 1, 2017,” states the WTHR notice. “We will continue to work toward an agreement with DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible. But we wanted to make you aware that DirecTV and AT&T U-verse subscribers may not have access to our programming on Friday, September 1, 2017. Our programming will continue to be available on a free over-the-air basis through a television antenna as well other cable, satellite, and online streaming in and around the Indianapolis metro area.”

The companies are battling over how much DIRECTV and AT&T (which now owns DIRECTV) should pay to carry the local stations.

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The TV Answer Man has asked AT&T for a comment and will report it here if one is received.

DIRECTV is involved in another carriage dispute with Raycom. If the satcaster does not reach a new agreement with Raycom by Thursday, it could lose more than 40 local channels owned by the broadcaster.

— Phillip Swann

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7 Comments on Updated: DIRECTV Now Has 2 Local Carriage Disputes

  1. Marge Roate // August 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    This dispute is disgusting! At a time when communication is critical, why are your leaders making threats that create more anxiety for our citizens, specifically seniors like me who do not have easy access to alternate means to receive the local channels. I signed a contract with DirectTV based on deep trust that you would not cut basic access, especially from local channels. You were willing to include free access to numerous movie channels and NFL, which have no attraction for me…but are willing to restrict basic local channels. Makes no practical sense! You tempt me to terminate my contract !Please negotiate and move on! Thank you.

  2. I think they should air cbs in columbus ohio. Direct makes plenty of money already example i have to pay a sports fee of almost 7 dollars even though i dont watch sports but if take 7 dollars from ever costumer i believe that would add up very quickly..or pay for overly paid executives vactions so if direct tv has to pay a little so what ..10 yrs ago my bill was 90.00 a month for more channels than now.now pay 167.00 a month and cant even watch a local channel..way to go Direct TV ..hope u dont lose any costumer

  3. I pay for my local channels which is CBS I want it back now !!!!

  4. What the hell? CBS is about to launch new season premieres and I have no CBS channel. Fix what ever the beef is between you two. I have always been satisfied with direct tv but I’m beginning to rethink that decision.

  5. Ever since AT&T took over Direct TV we all have had problems, charging for sports channels without asking us for permission, to want or not want it. The customer care is no longer with them!!! I am a Senior citizen who lives in a rural location and have to use satellite to have TV programming. If AT&T doesn’t resolve this dispute for this local station I will quit them even though I have been a good paying customer for years. According to them, all they will say about this that its all WBNS TV out of Columbus,CBS, it is all their fault and expects all of us subscribers to believe that nonsense !!!

  6. Do we all need to terminate our contract ma with you! This is really uncalled for

  7. I watch NBC daily and your dispute is really messing things up. I left dish over this same thing only it was a different change. If there isn’t a reconciliation soon I’m going to terminate my contract with Direct Tv as well since I’m paying for something I’m not receiving.

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