Right now U-Verse TV subscribers are on a seperate contract for many things. As each contract comes up for renewal they'll make it apply to both and they'll have greater power next time they're up for renewal. i.e. Tribune's contract with U-Verse was up for renewal last year, while the deal they made applied to both DirecTV and U-Verse, only U-Verse subscribers were in danger of having their channels dropped. It also applies more to national channels and broadcasters with a lot more channels. In this case their parent company only owns 3 channels, 2 in Raleigh and 1 in Wilmington, so there isn't that much of a difference in how many subscribers are affected when you add U-Verse TV, compared to when they're dealing with a company that has stations in major markets like Chicago or LA.