DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers lost a channel this week, as AT&T’s satellite and wired TV services planned to scrap the NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazine-owned Esquire Network Wednesday night, Deadline.com reports.
AT&T commented: “We routinely modify our channel lineups based on many factors, while continuing to strive to offer more choice, control and convenience to our customers.”
Deadline adds: “DirecTV and U-verse together had 25.3 million subscribers as of September. But Esquire wasn’t fully distributed on them: It will lose 11 million homes from DirecTV and 4 million from U-Verse.”
The male-focused Esquire Network, which will now reach about 45 million homes, called the decision “disappointing.”