After pulling its channels off AT&T U-verse and accusing the operator of racial discrimination in the process, Univision executives seemed to have asked themselves this question: Could it be we took this thing too far?
AT&T has stopped manufacturing set-top boxes for its U-verse pay-TV service and is looking to migrate all of its video customers to its DirecTV platform, according to Bloomberg.
Blaming the increased cost of video programming, AT&T announced price hikes for its U-verse service starting in January.
After numerous extensions and blackout threats, AT&T has agreed to a TV broadcast retransmission renewal deal with Tribune Media. The agreement between the two companies will keep Tribune's 26 network affiliates on AT&T's U-verse service.
After agreeing to another short-term contract extension, 24 Tribune Media-owned network affiliates remain on AT&T U-verse.
Tribune Media has posted what it terms as a "final notice" to AT&T U-verse subscribers on its station websites, informing them that the group's 24 stations will go dark on the operator's program grid starting at 5 p.m. EST Tuesday if a new broadcast retransmission deal isn't agreed to.
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.