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DIRECTV vs. Nexstar: Is There Anything New

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Q. I’ve been without my CBS station in Albuquerque since July and I can’t understand why it’s still off. I know there’s some fight with DIRECTV and the owner, but are they close to ending it? Please help. — Alfred, Albuquerque.

Update: The blackout is over. AT&T, which owns DIRECTV, has reached a new carriage agreement with Nexstar. Click here for more information.

Alfred, DIRECTV, U-verse and AT&T TV Now have been without more than 120 Nexstar-owned local stations (including your CBS affiliate in Albuquerque) since July 3 due to a fee dispute between the broadcaster and AT&T, which owns the three TV services. The stations include network affiliates for CBS, ABC, Fox and ABC.

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AT&T and Nexstar have been relatively quiet in the last few weeks, choosing to avoid the usual name-calling in a protracted programming dispute. That’s a good sign. But other than that, there is no indication from the two companies that they are close to ending the blackout.

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However, the calendar may be telling us something.

The National Football League season is scheduled to begin September 8 (a week from this Sunday) so that means that next week would be a logical time for negotiations to intensify. (The games air on NBC, CBS and Fox.) Both AT&T and Nexstar stand to lose if the games begin and a large number of viewers can’t watch from home.

That doesn’t mean a deal will be reached next week, but there’s a much better chance than this week which leads up to Labor Day weekend when fewer people watch TV.

So, Alfred, sit tight. We might get some good news next week.

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17 Comments on DIRECTV vs. Nexstar: Is There Anything New

  1. Jennifer Denton // August 26, 2019 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    What about us in Kentucky when will we be able to see ABC which is WEHT out of Evansville Ind

  2. Buy an antenna!!”

  3. Rosemary F Nemes // August 26, 2019 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    Ya u think they would take something off your bill. But add channel they add on your bill..

  4. I have been w/o our ABC/WHTM since I believe July. So my issue is 1. We are still paying for the channel. 2. We have been told it’s all Nextstar fault we found is wrong. I have been with Direct Tv for like 20 years. You just think with other providers out there that would have them come to an agreement..

  5. Well Nexstar/Direct TV; thanks to you I have found a new station for my news; local and national. I would never had even changed the channel from NBC but since I had no choice, I now prefer CBS news and plan to stick to it when/if you ever decide to release your customers hostage!

  6. Melody McCruchen // August 27, 2019 at 12:55 am // Reply

    Mississippi has been without local channels for 6 months or more. What are they doing to resolved the problem 8n Mississippi?

  7. Paula A Gelunas // August 27, 2019 at 5:52 am // Reply

    I filed a complaint with FCC and next day AT&T called me have not called back as been busy. If not settled by new fall season we plan to change service. Right now I’m watching on my phone. If I have to will buy a laptop. Directv will be losing more customers which means more lose for them instead of agreeing to a increase. Will lose much more for them being money hungry.

  8. Sad, Direct TV lost my business lam leaving before kickoff and ATT Internet you are being replaced too. Greedy share holders SHAME.

  9. Terri Hanks // August 27, 2019 at 6:47 am // Reply

    Are you ever gonna put NBC back on DirecTV if not I’m gonna go to different cable cause my shows come on that channel

  10. If NBC doesn’t came back on soon we are going to get rid of direct tv we are paying for that channel and can’t watch it . Really

  11. I have had directv for over 2 years. Every time i had a issue with my bill. I only have two tv’s with cable no internet or phone service. When i first got direct my bill was around 75. I was late on a payment and they charged me over 200 dollars talking about you was late so your promotional deal was taken away. So i left for a month or two than i had to pay close to 300 to restore service. Mind you i had a premium package with the own station but once i restarted service they only gave me basic cable and I’m paying more than the first and i don’t have all the channels i had before. Plus nexstar took my fox my tv 8 and one more station and that is part of my package and they are still charging me as if o have them stations. I just cancelled them again because they want me to pay 250 dollars and i refuse. Directtv is getting over….

  12. Veronica Horton // August 27, 2019 at 11:30 pm // Reply

    I feel like if We the customers are paying Our monthly bill then We should have every right to have access to all the stations. One management told me to go to walmart and but an antenna why should U do that spending unnecessary money and still paying my hill to, now on the other hand direct tv, customers AT & T has something that they will send you too hook up to your tv box inorder to pick up all your stations what about AT& T Universe…Also too all customers that are affected by this blackout please call the comoany and ask for management to get a loyal credit for the time the blackout started on your bill, if everybody do this and they gives all this credit and sending out all the extra devices then something will change….oneangrycustomer….

  13. We are also without CBS and Fox in Champaign il

  14. Susan Staff // August 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm // Reply

    This is more than ridiculous. I also have not had CBS since July 3rd. Get with it already. I pay an astronomical amount of money 💰 for my directv account and then don’t get CBS. And yes…football is starting very soon. Maybe I will have to drop directv?? I know all of you companies make a HUGE amount of money 💰. From me. Get it done ✅😡

  15. We lost CBS July 3rd. Today it came back on in Birmingham AL. Shame on DirectTV and Nexstar for using the customer as pawns. We are definitely checking out other options

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