Another TV Blackout in the Works as Deadline Looms

Oct 20, 2015  •  Post A Comment

With two players unable to come to terms, the latest in a series of TV blackouts was becoming increasingly likely early today. Deadline.com reports that the adversaries in the latest tussle over carriage are Tribune Broadcasting and AT&T’s U-Verse.

With the latest extension in the negotiations set to expire today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. PT, Tribune was reportedly warning customers that a deal was unlikely.

“Tribune’s Los Angeles station KTLA on Monday night ran a frequent ‘Final notice for AT&T subscribers’ crawl during its prime-time shows, something other Tribune stations are believed to have done too,” the story reports.

The KTLA crawl reportedly read: “At 2 PM PT Tuesday, Oct. 20, KTLA will likely go dark. Despite our continuing and best efforts, A&T U-Verse will deny you your KTLA.”

The carriage agreement between the two companies expired Sept. 30, followed by a series of extensions.

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  1. Uverse has so few subscribers that it doesn’t really matter. That is why ATT had to buy DirecTv, Uverse gave them so little leverage with programmers or consumers that they couldn’t stay in business. With DirecTv, they now have some leverage, but that will take a while until those two are connected for negotiation purposes

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