IRVING, Tx.,– In light of the AT&T Uverse and DIRECTV not accepting Nexstar’s offer for an extension, viewers in 20 local markets will be unable to access tonight’s 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.
Effective 11:59 p.m. CT on July 3, AT&T/ DirecTV dropped the network and local community programming for Nexstar-owned stations impacting viewers in 97 markets across the country.
On Monday, United States Senator John Thune of South Dakota sent a letter stating, “I strongly encourage AT&T/ DirecTV to provide carriage of KELO-TV and KCLO-TV through August 2, 2019, as requested by Nexstar, so that the parties can continue negotiations without impacting consumers’ ability to view their local news coverage in the affected broadcast markets.”
Other US senators and legislators across the country followed Thune, issuing letters urging the broadcast satellite providers to immediately restore carriage of Nexstar Owned Stations.
In a letter directed to AT&T’s CEO, Kennedy cites the probable impact to consumers in Louisiana at the height of hurricane season, stating “I am concerned that your failure to reach an agreement is negatively impacting Louisiana families. I am especially concerned about customers losing access to up-to-date weather information in the event that the tropical depression currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico turns into a hurricane.” In closing, Kennedy requests of AT&T, “I encourage you to accept Nexstar’s offer of a short-term extension while you resolve your differences.”
Nexstar continues to negotiate in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with AT&T and DirecTV and has offered AT&T and DirecTV the same rates it offered to other large distribution partners with whom it completed successful negotiations with in 2019 to date.
Nexstar stands by its offer to permit AT&T to relaunch its stations on DirecTV and AT&T through August 8 while the parties continue negotiations.
Consumers and viewers affected by AT&T and DirecTV’s blackout can contact AT&T and DirecTV directly at 208 South Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75202 and by phone at 855-567-1569 or 210-821-4105.
Viewers affected by the loss of service from DirecTV have several alternatives to continue watching their favorite shows including local cable providers, DISH, over-the-air, certain subscription streaming television services, and services such as Verizon’s FIOS.