Millions of DirecTV subscribers lost access to CBS programming late Friday after calls for a new distribution agreement collapsed.
CBS Corp. and AT & T Inc., which owns DirecTV, failed to reach an agreement by 11 am Pacific time. Without a contract in place, AT&T no longer had permission to include CBS drive signals in its television packages in more than a dozen cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
The station signals were drawn at about 2:15 am Eastern.The outbreak extends to the CBS & # 39; Smithsonian Channel, CBS Sports, and four television stations owned by CBS that carry CW programming.
It was not immediately clear how long the standoff should last.
"After negotiations for months, CBS simply looks to receive real value for its popular programming," said CBS in a statement shortly after the programming was removed from AT & T's television services. "The DirecTV Agreement Expires Tonight was signed in 201
CBS has demanded higher retransmission fees from pay-TV distributors, moving as AT&T and other cable and satellite TV companies are struggling keep track of programming costs because they fear losing even more subscribers to lower streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
"The problem is that broadcasters, such as CBS, demand more money for their viewers – our subscribers – to see less," said AT&T Friday in a letter sent to congressmen, warning of possible blackout. "Our customers are tired of these tactics. They are tired of the endless cycle of price increases and blackouts. "
AT & T is the country's largest pay-TV distributor with nearly 24 million customer benefits.
But the Dallas-based telecommunications giant has been under increasing pressure to control costs it breaks with subscriber errors. AT & T has lost Make 1 million DirecTV subscribers in the past year, and the company has therefore strengthened itself according to CBS requirements.
Withdrawals mean that AT&T subscribers in large markets (where CBS owns the local station) no longer have easy access to "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert, "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." In various regions of the country, all three of AT & T's TV services – satellite service DirecTV, have fiber-based U-Verse and streaming platform, DirecTV now – is now without CBS programming.
"CBS has put our customers in the middle of the negotiations by pulling their local CBS stations in 14 cities," AT & T said in a statement. "We had hoped to avoid unnecessarily interruptions on CBS-owned stations or national channels like any a v our customers care about. But CBS refused. "
DirecTV Now, subscribers in more than 100 markets have lost access to CBS," the broadcaster said.
CBS blamed AT & T for the death. routinely in the last few weeks and months, and recent talks have regularly led to transport disputes, blackouts and popular channels being removed from their service, "CBS said in a statement.
CBS last negotiated a transfer agreement with DirecTV in 2012 – three years Before the AT&T bought El Segundo satellite TV companies, the TV landscape has changed dramatically since then, and CBS seems to be looking to make big gains in this round of negotiations.
But its efforts come at a time when AT & T already feels the clamp Last year, AT & T acquired the programming company Time Warner Inc., a parent of CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, TBS and Warner Bros. movie and television studio. finan Selling that acquisition as well as the DirecTV acquisition in 2015. Investors have urged AT&T to find ways to cut costs and pay off their debts.
But CBS also has financial requirements. The New York Broadcasting Company has tried to increase its revenue revenue so it's less addicted to advertising. The TV characters have dropped, but the programming costs are increasing. CBS is also preparing to enter into important contract negotiations with the NFL. Analysts say CBS and other broadcasters will probably have to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars annually to keep their NFL packs.
CBS uses revenue for retransmission fee to cover the high cost of football.
This is second This month, AT & T has lost the programming of a large television station group. At the beginning of July, AT&T was forced to release the transport of 120 Nexstar TV stations when AT&T refused to accept Nexstar's requirements. Nexstar, located in Irving, Texas, currently serves such communities as San Francisco, Fresno, Bakersfield, Colorado Springs and Wichita, Kansas.
Some members of Congress have asked Nexstar and AT & T to terminate this dispute.
To prepare for blackout, AT & T has steered consumers to its Locast app, which allows viewers to stream programming from ABC, CBS, and other broadcast stations over the Internet. AT&T also suggests that subscribers pay for the CBS All Access streaming service at $ 5.99 per month. In addition, consumers can install digital antennas to receive signals from broadcast stations, including CBS. The use of such devices has been on the rise.
"As we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope AT&T will accept reasonable terms soon, the loss of CBS programming may be long," CBS said.  «Previous