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Some DirecTV and AT & T U-verse subscribers woke up Thursday to find they lost access to Nexstar stations.
More than 120 stations in 97 markets across the country, including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliate stations, became dark at 11:59 am local time July 3, after Nexstar and AT & T failed to reach one. agreement, both sides said in competing statements that each one owes the other to blackout.
"Nexstar has removed their channels from your lineup even though we offered Nexstar more money to keep them available to you," AT&T said in its statement posted at https://tvpromise.att.com. "Nexstar just said no and chose to remove them from your lineups instead of putting you in the middle of negotiations."
According to Nexstar, AT & T declared "one-sided dropped network and local community programming" and refused to extend existing distribution agreement until August 2.
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Disputes between content providers and cable and satellite providers are not uncommon as companies try to negotiate new deals.
Nexstar, also known as the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, says it owns, operates, programs or delivers sales and other services to 174 full-power television stations and associated digital multicast signals that reach 100 markets or nearly 39% of all US TVs -Household.
"Nexstar is still eager to complete an agreement with DIRECTV in accordance with what it has made with each other cable, satellite and telecom provider to terminate DIRECTV's action, which is both unnecessary and punitive for its subscribers, says Nexstar statement.
AT & T, the largest pay-TV provider in the United States, with 24.5 million subscribers said it is also open to negotiation.
"We share your frustration and work to return your local channels as soon as possible," says AT & T's statement. "These types of disputes are often resolved quickly, and we hope that will be the case this time around."
How to view your shows
AT&T says that subscribers who lost access have some options.
"Most of these drives can be viewed over the air or online at the station's websites. You should be able to find drive sites by searching online for the name of the local drive," AT&T said most major networks extend primary time series on sites and programs.
Nexstar offered several alternatives in his statement.
"Viewers affected by the loss of DIRECTV service have several options to continue watching their favorite programs, including local cable providers, DISH, over-the-air, certain subscription stream TV services, and services like Verizon's FIOS , Nexstar says.
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