NEW YORK – AT & T, the owner of DirecTV, supports a free streaming service as a safeguard against losing broadcast channels in disputes over fees.
TV subscribers are finding more and more channels they pay for blacked out because channel owners and the cable or satellite companies like DirecTV cannot agree on fees. Such matches can resume for months and block viewers from the Oscar, Super Bowl and other events.
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said Thursday that it donated $ 500,000 to Locast, a non-profit organization streams broadcasting broadcast channels for free. It also provides access to Locast through DirecTV and its U-verse cable service.
This option may subject station owner threats to withdraw channels in disputes. Customers who lack channels like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox can also use a digital antenna. Neither the Locast nor an antenna would help if the black channel is a cable network such as Comedy Central or ESPN.
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Cable companies have pushed back against the rising fees that owners of TV stations and cable channels require as a victory change on the web.
AT & T has found itself on both sides of these battles, as it is both a television provider and a media company as a network owner, including HBO, TBS and CNN.