Texas, July 4, 2019 – Active 11:59 p.m. local time on July 3, direct broadcast satellite service supplier DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse unilaterally dropped the network and local community programming for over 120 stations impacting customers and viewers in 97 markets throughout the US. The motion follows DIRECTV ’s refusal to simply accept an offer of an unconditional extension of the prevailing distribution agreement to August 2 to allow the stations’ owner, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (“Nexstar”) and DIRECTV/AT&T to achieve a brand new settlement allowing the direct broadcast satellite service supplier (in addition to AT&T’s U-verse systems and its’ subscription streaming tv service) the right to continue to air the extremely rated programming.
With its long-term record of delivering exemplary service to the local markets where it operates, Nexstar deeply regrets DIRECTV/AT&T’s rejection of the extension because it deprives viewers within the affected markets of broadcasts of main community content from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, and MyNetworkTV in addition to local information and other programming produced particularly for these local communities. Viewers affected by the lack of service from DIRECTV have several alternatives to proceed to watch their favorite exhibits together with native cable suppliers, DISH, over-the-air, certain subscription streaming tv services, and services such as Verizon’s FIOS.
Nexstar is exceptionally committed to consistently elevating the level of service offered to native communities within the markets it serves throughout the US by making significant capital investments to expand local news, lifestyle, sports, climate, and different programming and enhancing station infrastructure, production resources, and technologies. Nexstar regrets that DIRECTV is willing to hold its paying subscriber’s hostage as a result of it won’t agree to truthful and affordable terms for viewers’ favorite programming.