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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