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The Bachelorette & # 39; Fans Flip After AT&T DIRECTV Pulls ABC From Many Markets



Some Bachelorette fans were not happy Monday night, and it had nothing to do with Hannah Brown's recent decisions on the show. Instead, many were disappointed that they could not see The Bachelorette at all thanks to an ongoing dispute between Nexstar and AT & T that resulted in local ABC stations being blocked.

The dispute means that more than 120 stations in 97 markets have been answered at midnight on July 4, notes The Hollywood Reporter . Nexstar claimed that the dispute was linked to AT & T, which also owns DirecTV, and bought Time Warner for over $ 80 billion last year.

"Just over a year after putting DIRECTV with Time Warner, AT&T sees to using the new market power to prioritize its own content at the expense of consumers, and insist on unfair and extreme conditions. Completely incompatible with the market, "said Nexstar in a statement last week, defending its decision to withdraw its networks from DirecTV Now, DirecTV and U-Vers. "In January, AT&T increased the prices of DIRECTV, and in April it set a price increase for its streaming subscription service, DIRECTV NOW."