UVerse, Univision Contract Renewal (no DirecTV carriage at risk)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mws192, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. mws192

    mws192 Godfather

    Jun 17, 2010
    "Spanish-language broadcaster Univision said it could go dark to nearly 6 million AT&T U-verse TV customers if it doesn’t reach a carriage agreement by Feb. 28."

    "AT&T has been in the process of moving its U-verse telco video subscribers over to its DirecTV platform, which could be a reason for its reluctance to negotiate a Univision-U-verse deal. DirecTV reached its last carriage deal with Univision in March 2013. According to people familiar with the DirecTV deal, the satellite giant’s agreement with Univision is not imminently up for renewal."

    "In addition to Univision stations, U-verse customers would lose access to Univision-owned UniMás, Galavisión and Univision Deportes Network."


    It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if DirecTV subs gain any new services and/or what this'll mean for the future of UVerse.
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I'd guess Univision doesn't want to simply extend dtvs current contracts to uverse and wants more money.
  3. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    It has been said that AT&T Uverse pays more than DIRECTV for the channels they carry. If true in the specific case of Univision, that would mean that paying DIRECTV rates for Uverse subscribers would be a cut in payments.

    Should Univision settle for less money than they are currently receiving? I would not recommend accepting less money.

    If the price for DIRECTV can be renegotiated so Univision gets at least the same amount for the combined Uverse and DIRECTV subscriber base as they collect separately then they can break even. And in a big picture sense AT&T Entertainment would break even. But AT&T wants to do better than break even ... and so does Univision.

    A new deal will need to work for both companies.
  4. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    They might be content to let it expire, and offer customers who complain a free 'upgrade' to Directv. Maybe also throw in NFLST or a few months of premiums as a sweetener to compensate them for the hassle.

    They would lose some subscribers who can't/won't switch, but probably come out ahead overall since the majority of their customers don't care about Univision's content which they would no longer be paying for on Uverse. And the next network that won't accede to their demands will know they're willing to play hardball...

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