CBS Warns DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse May Drop Network

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  1. dtv757

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    Correct I didnt have those channels this morning either

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  2. mjd180

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    If Directv turned down a 30 day extension then, assuming it was to be done under existing terms, I suspect it’s because they’re nervous about this interfering with football & wanted to start the confrontation immediately...
     
  3. bossfan50

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    Huh I had only a $5 credit. Wonder why some are getting more?
     
  4. trh

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    I don't want to say 'every', but as far as I remember, whenever they've not reached an agreement by contract expiration, the provider has offered to allow DIRECTV to continue to broadcast their programming; DIRECTV has said 'no' each time and pulls the channel(s). I just think that is part of DIRECTV's negotiation strategy.

    It appears CBS and DIRECTV have been in talks for months over a new contract. But nothing happened. Now with customers not getting their stations, the attention will put more pressure on them to get a new contract.
     
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  5. mjd180

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    God only knows how they calculate these things. Probably by a combination of affected market, contract status, & package level?
     
  6. dtv757

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    The viacom dispute recently they kept broadcasting , there was no blackout

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  7. syphix

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    No offer whatsoever for me. Minneapolis market, under contract, Xtra package.


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  8. mjd180

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    Speculation: this was planned out by AT&T months ago. They chose to use this contract expiration to “make a stand”. They knew CBS wasn’t going to accept easily. They scrambled to make a deal with Epix suddenly & out of the blue (that deal had likely been sitting around forever/login credentials for VOD still haven’t been worked out even now/done as a strange standalone not tied to any programming package/we’ve just started an unusual month long preview for everyone at the same exact time as the blackout). Then they turn down the extension offer. They probably figure it’s worth a shot &, if CBS doesn’t rollover by football, they can just capitulate yet again. No idea if this is the case (could just be the usual ineptitude/greed) but, if so, it seems like a decent idea?
     
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  9. bossfan50

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    I'm in Boston market, Choice package, no contract but I'm on a Win Back deal that expires beginning of September.

    I've been considering trying Xfinity for awhile they have some attractively priced Triple Play packages. If I don't get another good Win Back deal and this dispute rolls on into football season and fall programming then I might take a closer look.

    There have been several disputes during my 15 or so years as a D* customer. I don't remember Xfinity ever having blackout disputes like this does Xfinity have these disputes and I just didn't pay attention when it happened to them?
     
  10. mjd180

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    Yes, Comcast is good at giving in on contracts before it comes blackouts or channel drops. However, until recently, so was Directv. It’s documented that AT&T is now under pressure to reign in spending. So, yes, if you don’t want to be bothered, then I guess Comcast would be “safer” right now...
     
  11. drew64

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    I do not get my cbs channel now either. I see it says they are offering Locast on the direct tv apps but I don’t see it loaded on my menu when I right click on remote . I have an Hr 34
     
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    I think you need, at least, an HR 44 to see that app. Even then, though, I think it’s only available in a couple of markets. ..
     
  13. bossfan50

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    I believe you need at minimum an HR44, however I have a HR44 and Locast is not on my receiver.

    But if you have any kind of a streaming device (AppleTV, FireTV, Roku) then you can download Locast to your device. Still not a perfect solution since you can't record to DVR from Locast.
     
  14. TV_Guy

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    Locast is available in 13 markets.
    • New York City
    • Philadelphia
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Houston
    • Dallas
    • Denver
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Baltimore
    • Sioux Falls
    • Rapid City
    • Los Angeles
    • San Francisco
     
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  15. drew64

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    Yes I have it on my iPad just never needed to use it. The tech support knows nothing about this and had to check himself. Said will escalate it to engineering. I just wanted to know if need newer Receiver vs older. Don’t see why can’t put it on Amy connected receiver. It’s an app that uses internet.
     
  16. Newshawk

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    I don't have DTV any more, but I have DTV Now. My local CBS station is NOT an O&O, but an affiliate owned by Griffin Communications--yet this morning, when I went to watch KOTV-6, all I found was the takedown page. Either AT&T screwed up in taking down a non-O&O station or CBS is overstepping its bounds in forcing a takedown of content if which they have no control. I would think there's a lot of station owners upset today that their content is being blocked by CBS--talk about Bigfooting!

    Oh, BTW--I have Locast on my Roku TV and Streaming Stick. Even though I'm in Tulsa, OK, they're giving me Dallas locals! That isn't right, either. Locast better step up their game, especially if providers like DTV are going to use it as an alternate path for local channels. However, I predict that once the do, the Big 5 will start going after them, too.
     
  17. mjd180

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    Wow, that doesn’t sound right/someone should let Directv know if that’s the case!
     
  18. mjd180

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    There are several apps Directv doesn’t offer on receiver models below HR 44. I think they claim it as being a hardware restriction/limitation...
     
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    I wonder what has AT&T has decided with regard to the LCC’s & this massive blackout? My parents don’t have a smart tv & don’t want to stream even if they could. Being in the Philly DMA, they just lost the only CBS & CW they have & are upset. They don’t have a separate antenna for locals, & wouldn’t want one. They have an HR 54. Has anyone tried calling in since last night? Since Directv has known this massive blackout was a distinct possibility (reportedly for months now), will I be able to get one for them if they call in?
     
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  20. slice1900

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    It is about the contract Directv has with CBS, which covers the CBS O&O channels plus Smithsonian and CBS sports network. It is no different than if there was a dispute with Disney losing the Disney Channel and Freeform in addition to ESPN, even though it would be primarily about the fees for ESPN.
     
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