In negotiations that stretched well past the original deadline, AT&T and Tribune averted a blackout and came to terms on a multiyear deal, Deadline.com reports.
The agreement ensures that subscribers to AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse will retain access to WGN America and Tribune Media’s local stations.
“The previous deal expired September 30 and was extended to October 20. Afterward, AT&T and Tribune agreed to keep programming on the pay TV services while they continued negotiations,” Deadline notes.
Financial terms have not been revealed, and it remains to be seen whether AT&T’s streaming rights will be expanded, the report notes.
“The agreement helps Tribune’s effort to convert WGN America from a superstation to a basic cable channel,” the report adds. “AT&T will offer it on both of its services beginning November 1. By January 1 the channel is to be fully distributed on DirecTV and U-verse, adding 5 million subscribers — and bringing the network to more than 80 million.”