AT&T Withholds Content from Subscribers Rather than Negotiate with Broadcasters at Fair Market Rates

IRVING, Texas, July 11, 2019 – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (“Nexstar”) set the record straight today with legislators, regulators, consumers and others related to ongoing negotiations between the parties on a distribution agreement that will allow AT&T to continue to offer Nexstar’s highly rated network and local community programming to its subscribers.

The misinformation campaign began when AT&T indicated that “Nexstar pulled 120 of its local broadcast stations…” Nexstar did not pull its stations or ask for their removal from AT&T’s DIRECTV, U-verse or DIRECTV NOW platforms. Rather, Nexstar’s offer for a 30 day extension would have allowed consumers in the affected markets to continue viewing their favorite network shows, special events, sports, local news and other programming while the parties continue negotiations.

CLICK HERE to Read the Entire Nexstar Statement

Connecticut Senator Blumenthal Calls on Directv and At&T U-Verse to Accept Nexstar’s Extension Offer to Immediately Restore Carriage of Network and Local Community Programming

In the letter dated July 5, Senator Blumenthal acknowledges that local consumers “value Connecticut-based journalism and broadcasting” and strongly urges AT&T/DIRECTV to “immediately provide carriage of WTNH and WCTX through at least August 2, 2019 as requested by Nexstar” which would provide both parties time to come to an agreement “without barring AT&T/DirecTV consumers from viewing their local news coverage.”

CLICK HERE to Read the Posting from Nexstar

CLICK HERE to Read the Entire Letter from Senator Blumenthal

DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse subscribers no longer have access to KSNF-TV as AT&T and DIRECTV did not accept our extension for continued carriage of KSNF-TV during our contract negotiations to avoid disruption of service.  Contact DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse today at 855-937-9469 and demand that they “Bring back my KSNF-TV Your Local News]!”

DIRECTV / AT&T U-verse Customer Service – 855-937-9469

Q: What is happening?

A: DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse subscribers no longer have access to KSNF-TV station as of midnight CST on July 3, 2019.  DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse did not accept a contract extension offer by Nexstar Media, parent company of KSNF-TV for the right to continue to air your favorite news stories around the Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS area. By rejecting an extension for continued negotiations and to avoid a disruption of service, AT&T and DIRECTV took away content that you pay for and was included with your monthly subscription. They are no longer providing the content you initially signed up for when you subscribed to their service. 

Q: What other programming could I miss?

A:  You no longer have access to KSN Your Local News, emergency service updates, and your favorite shows such as the Sunday Night Football, This is Us, America’s Got talent and The Voice.

Q: Where will KSNF-TV programming still be available?

A: No other cable or satellite company is affected; only DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse customers have had their favorite news, comedies, dramas, and sports taken away.  Unfortunately, we are not alone in this as AT&T and DIRECTV have removed various other stations across the nation in the past.   Among the other providers available that see the value in local content include DISH (855-898-6730) and your local cable company.

Q: Are you still negotiating with AT&T and DIRECTV?

A: We were negotiating and offered to extend our current deal multiple times while we vigorously attempted to provide both sides more time to reach a fair agreement.  In the time leading up to the expiration of the agreement with DIRECTV/AT&T, Nexstar not only offered an extension until August 2, it also offered DIRECTV/AT&T its availability “over the next 30 days to meet with you in-person on the following dates:  July 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 as well as August 1 and 2” adding, “We are willing to dedicate as many of these dates as needed.  Not knowing when you and your decision makers are available, to avoid any disruption in service to your customers and our viewers in 97 markets across the country, we propose an extension of the current agreement through Friday August 2nd.”  This extension was not accepted.

Q: Is this abnormal for AT&T and DIRECTV to remove local programming from their lineup?

A: DIRECTV is routinely involved in disputes with content providers and following its 2015 acquisition by AT&T, it has dropped or threatened to black out various network and local community programming. Between May 30, 2019 and June 10, 2019 alone, viewers of at least 20 other non-Nexstar stations (owned by Deerfield Media, GoCom Media of Illinois, Howard Stirk Holdings, Mercury Broadcast Group, MPS Media, Nashville License Holdings, Roberts Media, Second Generation of Iowa and Waitt Broadcasting) lost access to network and local content as a result AT&T/DIRECTV’s refusal to accept fair market rates for the distribution of leading non-AT&T programming.

Q: What can I do about this situation?

A: You have choices and should take action. Call 855-937-9469 and demand they bring back your favorite local news source! You can also contact other local providers – including DISH (855-898-6730) – and switch to make sure you are treated fairly and get the programming you want.   Don’t let your video provider dictate what you watch! Demand they bring back the local station and content you want and deserve!