Tribune Media has agreed to another extension of its expired retrans deal with AT&T's U-verse, staving off a possible blackout involving 24 local TV stations on U-verse until 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 13.
AT&T said it has renewed its carriage deal with Viacom following the expiration of its carriage deal for U-verse on Sept. 30. The move ensures both U-verse and DirecTV customers will still be able to watch Viacom channels like MTV and Comedy Central.
Tegna Media said it has agreed to an eight-day extension of its current retransmission licensing agreement with Dish Network, averting a black out involving 51 TV stations in 39 markets.
Media General said that it has reached a renewal deal for broadcast retransmission licensing with DirecTV, avoiding a blackout that would have impacted 62 stations in 48 markets.
AT&T will expand DirecTV's Audience Network beyond the confines of the satellite service for the first time, making it available to nearly 6 million U-verse video subscribers.
Tegna Media said it has agreed to wait an additional 24 hours from the 7 p.m. EST expiration of its retrans deal tonight with Dish Network before blacking out its 46 stations on the satellite operator's service.
AT&T (NYSE: T) is facing the looming possibility of dual blackouts on Oct. 1 involving nearly 100 stations as retransmission contracts involving its U-verse service and Tribune Media, as well as DirecTV and Media General, are set to expire.
AMSTERDAM--Ericsson took the next step in the latest round of video industry consolidation, announcing it has acquired multiscreen encoding and compression provider Envivio for about $125 million in a cash tender transaction. The company also will take the lead in integrating DirecTV's satellite assets with AT&T's U-verse assets.
AT&T reported losing 22,000 U-verse video customers during the second quarter, a reversal of the 190,000 customer additions the carrier reported during the same quarter a year ago. Conversely, AT&T's rival Verizon reported it added 26,000 net FiOS video subscribers during the period.
AT&T has announced a major expansion of its U-verse TV Everywhere app, adding 41 live programming networks and extending its compatibility to Samsung Gear S wearables.