AT&T’s U-verse Loses 3 Stations In Fee Fight

AT&T’s U-verse TV service has lost three local North Carolina stations due to a carriage dispute with their owner, Capital Broadcasting.

The stations are: WRAL, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, WILM, an independent station in Wilmington, North Carolina, and WRAZ-TV, the Fox affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The stations posted notices last night at their web sites that their signals had been pulled from U-verse due to the disagreement. The companies are fighting over how much AT&T should pay to carry the local stations.

“While we work to get the channel back up, it’s always helpful for you, the customer, to call AT&T U-verse and tell them you expect to get the channels you’re paying them for. That number is 1-800-288-2020,” the notice reads. “In the meantime, you can always watch WILM for free with an over-the-air antenna, available at local big box stores or get one here.”

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AT&T has not issued a comment as of this morning. The dispute does not affect DIRECTV, which AT&T owns.

AT&T and DIRECTV are also involved in another carriage dispute with Dispatch Broadcasting which has left two stations blacked out for a week.

— Phillip Swann

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3 Comments on AT&T’s U-verse Loses 3 Stations In Fee Fight

  1. Excuse me, but WRAL-TV is no longer a CBS affiliate. It actually returned to NBC during the late-winter of 2016.

  2. TV Answer Man // September 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    Correct. Thanks.

  3. They better get this channel back on the air before the fall season starts on Sunday Sept 24 .. we are paying for it and all these crooks at AT&T keep doing is raise the price they charge the users. Let them get a good deal and perhaps, deny perks or raises to the executives. They do not need to buy a new luxury car or yacht this year. Customers come first and as a Stock Holder of AT&T you can be sure I will be voting against the Entire Board of Directors, as well as against their pay compensation.

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