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Some DirecTV and AT&T U-shunners may soon lose access to their local CBS stations.

At 2:00 pm EDT on Saturday, the current contract between AT & T and CBS has expired, meaning some CBS-

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Both companies notify customers of possible outbreaks and place the blame with the other.

"CBS wants to avoid being dropped, but unless a deal is reached, our viewers should be prepared for DIRECTV and AT & T U-verse TV to remove CBS-owned TV stations in New York, Los Angeles , Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, says the CBS statement. "DIRECTV NOW customers nationwide will also lose CBS Television Network & # 39 ; hit hit programming. "

AT & T, the largest pay-TV provider in the United States, with 24.5 million subscribers, said in its statement that it is" fighting on behalf of our customers in these broadcast station owners and national networks. "

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Some AT&T customers lost access to Nexstar stations in 97 markets at 11:59. local time July 3. The stations, which include ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliated stations, are still dark.

"We must convince companies like CBS and Nexstar to accept the same measure our own TV customers have made clear," AT & T's statement said. "Make no mistake. We want CBS owned and operated and Nexstar local stations in our lineups, and their multimillion dollar misinformation campaigns are wasteful of everyone's time, patience, and robust loyalty. "

CBS has created a website at www.keepcbs.com if possible outbreaks and encourages customers to "act" by contacting AT&T. The outbreaks can also affect some CBS-owned CW television stations.

Not all CBS or CW stations are at risk of responding to AT & amp; T Customers

What's Next?

Disputes between content providers and cable and satellite providers are common when companies try to negotiate new agreements.

Sometimes negotiations are extended so that the parties can

While both parties say they are looking for a resolution, there has been an increase in blackouts.

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"This year, broadcasting services have caused more than 200 blackouts across the industry, which is on record one year's pace," AT&T said. "There are already more than 20 percent jumps over 165 in 2018."

CBS says it has "reached timely agreements with hundreds of other cable, satellite, telecom and internet providers to carry our industry leaders, AT & T, but continues to propose unfair terms far below those agreed upon by their competitors, and can release CBS unless we accept these terms. "

How to view your shows

If the channels are responded to, AT & T says customers in several markets can use Locast, a non-for -profit service that gives users access to broadcast terminals over the Internet.

"We are dedicated to helping our customers with new innovative ways to access the same content, including a new product called Local Channel Connector that puts local signals to program guides from our DIRECTV customers with Genie receivers, or adds to the new Locast app in all of our Genie and U-collected Internet-connected receivers so customers can see their local stations, AT & T says in their statement.

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