CHAMPAIGN – While representatives of AT&T and Nexstar Broadcasting still disagree about the price the cable provider is paying the TV station owner to resend the signal, DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers in central Illinois are out of local production and CBS Network programming.
From midnight on Wednesday, DirecTV / AT & T took the WCIA and WCIX programming.
"We probably have the last two days, about 100 calls," WCIA's Vice President and General Manager Gary Hackler said Saturday.
"They want clarity and all I can say is we negotiate. Finally, we come to some sort of resolution, but I'm not sure when," he says.
Hackler said Nexstar asked for a one-month extension on negotiations with AT&T, "but it did not happen." [1
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"We had hoped to prevent Nexstar from joining GoCom Media of Illinois by drawing WCIA-CBS and WCIX MNT from our campaigns from Champaign, Springfield and Decatur. We offered Nexstar more money to keep WCIA-CBS and WCIX-MNT available, but Nexstar just said no and chose to remove them instead. Nexstar has chosen to keep our customers in Champaign, Springfield and Decatur hostage and put them at the center of the negotiations. "AT&T declares that.
AT&T / DirecTV has not carried Fox affiliates WRSP and WCCU since the end of May after being unable to agree on the resubmission fee with GoCom Media.
" This is the same The old Nexstar game book, "said AT&T." They are pulling or threatening to pull their signals from many distributors to increase the fees for "free TV stations" that far exceed their value. They have made it to Cox Cable, DISH and Charter Spectrum and now to us. GoCom Media recently removed WCCU-FOX, WRSP-FOX and WBUI-CW from our same campaigns from Champaign, Springfield, and Decatur, and want another significant increase in interest rates. "
" CBS and FOX and CW broadcasting content sent by WCIA-CBS, WCCU-FOX and WRSP-FOX have lost about half of their primary audience over the past five years. Despite this viewpoint, Nexstar now requires the largest increase AT & T has ever seen proposed by content providers. In addition, Nexstar wants much higher payouts for stations and a low-rated cable network they do not own, as well as carriage commitments and still more charges for channels that do not even exist, the statement continues.
However, Irving, Texas-based Nexstar, owner of 174 television stations across the country, said it offered AT & T the same rate it offered to other cable providers that had Nexstar drive signals.
"AT & T / DIRECTV is routinely involved in disputes with content providers and after AT & T's acquisition of 2015, DIRECTV has dropped or threatened to expand network and local programming from Viacom, SJL Broadcasting / Lilly Broadcasting and others," says Nexstar. release,
"between May 30, 2019 and June 10, 2019, viewers of at least 20 other non-Nexstar stations (owned by Deerfield Media, GoCom Media of Illinois, Howard Stirk Holdings, Mercury Broadcast Group, MPS Media, Nashville License Holdings, Roberts Media, Second Generation of Iowa and Waitt Broadcasting) lost access to networks and local content. "
Nexstar pointed out viewers in Bakersfield, California, unable to get timely information on the impact of earthquakes that hit Southern California on Thursday and Friday, and more in Honolulu bracing for fallout by Hurricane Barbara in the Pacific.  In addition to local news, weather and sports, viewers have missed the 4th of July specials and stand to miss Sunday night's CBS programs including "60 Minutes," Instinct "and" The Good Fight. "
Nexstar is encouraging AT & T / DirecTV subscribers to contact AT&T customer service at 855-937-9466.
The callers must first listen to an 83-second recorded sentence more than a dozen CBS branches across the country that are currently out of the air and a requirement for viewers to "demand" that AT & T / DirecTV bring back your local CBS station.