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AT&T TV NOW & DIRECT NOW is still being answered at many local CBS stations



A few weeks ago, AT&T and CBS stopped broadcasting CBS programming on DIRECTV NOW (now called AT&T TV NOW). This resulted in AT&T losing access to CBS-owned stations on DIRECTV and all CBS stations on DIRECTV NOW.

Now AT&T has started to warn some subscribers that as part of this new agreement with CBS, AT&T must enter into an agreement with each CBS station owner before it can be returned to DIRECTV NOW and AT&T TV NOW. Previously, CBS negotiated on behalf of all the local CBS stations. (That's why all CBS locals went dark when CBS's contract with AT&T ended.) Now, it appears that CBS's new contract no longer includes rights for independently owned and operated CBS affiliates.

AT & T's new deal with then CBS-owned locals, CBS Sports Network, and the Smithsonian Channel will soon return to AT&T-owned streaming service. Unfortunately one thing was left out was the fact that some independently owned CBS stations still have to sign a new contract with AT&T.

The agreement includes consent to retransmission for all 26 CBS-owned stations in 1

7 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Unfortunately, Nexstar and AT&T have not yet reached an agreement that results in Nexstar owning the locals still to be dark on AT&T-owned TV services. Cord Cutters News will post updates as soon as we learn more about the current contract talks between AT&T and CBS.

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