CBS channels get blackout on DirecTV and other AT&T services
A dispute over rates means TV viewers in cities across the US can't watch CBS offerings.
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In addition, customers of DirecTV and DirecTV Now across the country have lost access to the CBS Sports Network. Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Channel has been removed from DirecTV.
The blackout stems from the expiration late Friday of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT&T failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. (Disclosure: CBS Corp. is the parent of CNET.)
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"After months of negotiations, CBS is simply looking to receive fair value for its popular programming and is proposing economic terms similar to those that AT&T's competitors have accepted in hundreds of our recent distribution agreements," CBS said in a statement. "This is just the latest example in AT&T's long and clear track record of letting its consumers pay the price for its aggressive tactics to get programmers to accept below market terms."
AT&T took issue with CBS' promotion of its own online service.
"CBS is a repeat blackout offender," AT&T said in a statement. "CBS continues to demand unprecedented increases even as CBS advances content on CBS All Access instead of on its local broadcast stations."