Viewers of CBS Daytime using AT&T U-verse and DirecTV may be wondering what is going on with their shows not broadcasting, along with a blackout where the station is supposed to be seen. A battle between CBS stations, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse over the weekend resulted in dozens of markets being dropped. Millions of customers found the stations slipped off their lineup.
Carriage contracts between CBS stations and AT&T-owned DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems expired on Friday at 11 PM PST according to Deadline. It caused the loss of coverage in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. In addition, it affected 117 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now.
On Saturday CBS's official Twitter handle posted about the dispute saying,
In a released statement the Tiffany network remarked,
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. While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time
AT&T fired back with their own and stated,
CBS continues to demand unprecedented increases even as CBS advances content on CBS All Access instead of on its local broadcast stations. CBS has said publicly that it priced All Access much higher to capitalize on customers it can capture from cable, satellite or other means of distribution. In short, CBS is seeking to convert a free, publicly subsidized broadcast station into a high-cost channel while leaving cable and satellite customers holding the bag.
CBS gave viewers an alternative method to watch their shows while the dispute rages on. CBS tweeted,