AT&T U-Verse has dropped the Scripps Networks Interactive channels from its service after the two companies failed to come to terms on carriage rates, B&C reports.
HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country are the channels that went black Friday morning when a financial agreement was not reached. AT&T claimed that Scripps wanted twice as much as it gets from other distributors.
"Scripps Networks also wants [a] premium price for inferior access to their content for our customers on other platforms, even though other competitors get this at much lower prices,” AT&T said, according to the story. “With such an uneven playing field, they are harming AT&T’s ability to provide customers with a new video choice."
In a statement, John Lansing, president of Scripps Networks, said, "AT&T U-verse demanded unreasonably broad video rights for emerging media where business models have not even been established. Accepting their demands would have restrained our ability to deliver our content to our viewers in new and innovative ways."