Directv/AT&T - Disney/ESPN Carriage Renewal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mws192, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. mjd180

    mjd180 Cool Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    You shouldn’t scare people like that! You must’ve been in an mlb game blackout...
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  2. the2130

    the2130 Active Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Yeah, I should have checked one of the other ESPN channels. It's back on now.
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  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    If the channels go down it would not be a blackout message.
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  4. Grover4772

    Grover4772 New Member

    Aug 20, 2019
    So is there an agreement? If so why have we not heard anything?
  5. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    So since AT&T and Disney haven't released a press release yet I have summarized the information on the net about this agreement in principle.
    • September 17, 2019 - Prior to the press reporting about the agreement in principle AT&T updated U-Verse programming notice that is posted in USA Today which mentions the FX Networks (FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, BabyTV, and Fox Life) Disney acquired from Old Fox would expire sometime in November 2019. (My forum post with more detail.
    • September 20, 2019 - Cablefax / Cord Cutter News reports Disney & AT&T reaches an agreement in principle confirmed by ESPN. (The original Cablefax article was then taken down but I found a Google Cache of it and archived it.)
    • September 20, 2019 - Broadcasting and Cable reports on the agreement in principle with no new information.
    • September 24, 2019 - Cablefax publishes an updated article (archive link to be safe) about the agreement in principle with new information:
      • ACC Network will stay on DirecTV, will expand to U-Verse TV and AT&T TV Now.
      • The FX Networks acquired from Old Fox are part of the new Disney deal.
    Hopefully a press release from Disney & AT&T will come soon :)
  6. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    Something I forgot to add:
    • September 25, 2019 - U-Verse TV and AT&T TV Now add the ACC Network to their respective platforms.
      • NC site News & Observer confirms this for U-Verse TV
      • While AT&T TV Now's website doesn't list ACC Network in the Max package yet (with all the other sports networks) I reactivated my old D* Now account with a 7 day trial to the Max package and can confirm its there.

    All in all I think this is a very good sign.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2019
  7. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    is espn classic going away soon?
  8. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    Its still available on D* on 614 nothing has been said about D* dropping it
  9. ThaPhenom

    ThaPhenom Mentor

    Aug 21, 2006
    Any info on whether the new deal made the ACC Network a national channel or do you still need a Sports Pack subscription on DirecTV and the equivalent on the other AT&T TV offerings outside of ACC territory?
  10. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    My friend said their guidance was updated to the following:
    • DirecTV - The guidance about in/out of territory was removed yesterday this is what it now says for agents to go by.
      • Featured Packages: Choice, Xtra or above / Sports Pack (for packages that don't include ACC Network)
      • Other Packages: Max / Plus + Sports Pack
    • U-Verse TV: U200/U200LA (in territory) | U300/U300LA (out of territory)
    • AT&T TV Now
      • Featured Package: Max
      • Other Packages: Choice, Xtra or Ultimate
    • AT&T TV
      • Featured Packages: Choice or above
      • Other Package: Max
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  11. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Can confirm -- I'm on the deprecated Choice Xtra Classic package, do not have Sports Pack, and am located well outside ACC territory, and I'm getting ACC Network.
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  12. spiderman865

    spiderman865 AllStar

    Apr 12, 2007
    Same here.
  13. Oct 3, 2019 #294 of 295

    spiderman865 AllStar

    Apr 12, 2007
    Not sure what is going on. Checked last night, and I am now not getting ACC Network. WTF?
  14. Oct 3, 2019 #295 of 295

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    I double checked with one of my friends at the local call center. When they say "Choice & above" that normally doesn't include grandfathered packages like Total Choice and Choice Xtra Classic as new channels are very rarely added to them. It also doesn't include the retention only Preferred Xtra package where its whole purpose is designed to eliminate most sports and AT&T hasn't added new channels to that package (like CNN International) in recent months.

    The ACC Network is only available in current base package like Choice, Xtra, Ultimate & Premier. For all other base packages like Entertainment the Sports Pack can be added to enable access to ACC Network.

    They also said for certain packages that don't include ACC Network it is possible the system added it as a complimentary service then removed it. This is something agents have no control over.

    By chance, did you happen to have one of those 3 or 6 month free trials of Sports Pack that automatically cancel at the end of the free trial on your account?

    Also tbh Xtra actually has more channels than Choice Xtra does the price difference is only $2/mo more.

    Channels in Xtra not in Choice Xtra: Nick Jr.***, ACC Network, CNN International, BBC World News**, One America News**, A Wealth of Entertainment**, Aspire, FM and Olympic Channel.
    Channels in Choice Xtra not in Xtra: El Rey*

    *El Rey is sometimes added as a complimentary service to customers who don't have Choice Xtra Classic, Ultimate or Premier.
    **These channels maybe added as complimentary services to base packages that normally don't include them.
    ***If you opt-ed into keeping Nick Jr. online prior to May 14, 2019 then you still have Nick Jr. as part of your Choice Xtra Classic package.
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