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After an eight week blackout, access to Nexstar stations is restored to DirecTV and AT&T U-subscribers.

In a joint statement on Thursday, AT&T and Nexstar said they reached a new multi-year agreement that allows the 120 stations, including affiliate stations ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, to return on DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse platforms .

The stations went dark at 11:59 pm local time July 3 after Nexstar and AT&T failed to reach an agreement.

"Our customers want more choice and value, and we are excited to deliver it through this new agreement with Nexstar and its many local stations," Rob Thun, AT&T Communications Director for Content and Programming, said in the statement.

The companies did not state financial terms for the agreement and said they regretted the disadvantage.

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AT&T and Nexstar have settled an eight-week dispute. (Photo: Fabio, Getty Images)

Keith Hopkins, senior vice president, distribution, Nexstar Media Group Inc., said in the statement, "this new multi-year agreement will allow us to continue to deliver our stations & # 39; leading network and sports content as well as local news and other programming for AT&T subscribers in our markets. "

Earlier this month, CBS and AT&T ended a three-week dispute.

This year, there have been more than 200 blackouts across the industry, which is a record for a year, AT&T said earlier in a statement, noting that there was a 20% jump over the 165 blackouts in 2018. [19659005] Another dispute remains unresolved: Dish Network and Sling subscribers lost access to 21 Fox Sports regional networks more than a month ago on July 26.

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