More than 6.5 million CBS viewers found the screens dark on Saturday, after a dispute with AT&T led to the network feed being supplied in Los Angeles to New York markets. It is the last battle of an ongoing war between companies that carry the channels and media giants who make the content.
On Saturday morning, CBS went dark on the AT&T owned satellite service DirecTV in a dozen markets owned by the newly formed media giant.
Households across the country were blocked from programming which included the renewed "CBS Evening News" with Norah O & # 39; Donnell, and the summer reality shows as "Love Island." If the dispute continues through September, it can deprive viewers of many games in the next NFL season, a rating juggernaut for the network.
In doubt, the cost of DirecTV is to transfer the CBS channel. Such rates are routinely re-negotiated, and it is the second time this summer that DirecTV has been involved in a blackout. Earlier this month, consumers in 97 markets lost access to a number of broadcast channels after DirecTV failed to agree on a price increase requested by station owner Nexstar. It meant that some viewers could not see the US team winning the Women & # 39; s World Cup.
Last year, black rival satellite companies Dish Meredith owned network stations in a similar pricing dispute. In November, Dish lost viewers access to HBO, part of WarnerMedia, owned by AT & T. FX and National Geographic channels owned by Disney are also potential collateral in a separate dispute with Dish.
CBS apparently costs DirecTV around $ 2 per month per subscriber, an agreement that CBS says goes back to 201
"CBS has put our customers in the middle of their negotiations by pulling their local CBS stations in 14 cities, AT & T says in a statement." We were willing to to continue negotiating and offering to pay CBS a hitherto uncertain interest rate increase. This increase would present CBS the highest fee we currently pay to any major broadcast network group, despite the fact that CBS stations are available free of charge over the air. "
While summer is traditionally the slow season for television viewing, blackouts come at a time when consumers are completely releasing pay-TV and opting for subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu that only rely on broadband connection.  Until disputes are resolved, Customers continue to pay for TV channels they can't see.