“A+E Networks is warning viewers of a possible blackout of A&E Network, Lifetime, History and other channels across DirecTV platforms as the sides go down to the wire on carriage renewal negotiations,” Variety reports.
The report notes that the two companies are looking at a deadline of midnight ET Tuesday to reach a new deal that would keep A+E Networks channels on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse.
A+E Networks reportedly began running a crawl on select programs over the weekend warning viewers of the potential for the channels to go dark.
“Negotiations are ongoing but A+E Networks brass are clearly concerned,” Variety reports. “A+E Networks Group CEO Paul Buccieri alerted company staffers to the situation in a memo sent Saturday afternoon.”
Variety quotes Buccieri saying in the memo: “AT&T has not demonstrated a willingness to negotiate reasonably. The deal we are seeking is based on the same fair market terms that have allowed us to reach deals with numerous other providers. AT&T simply has not yet demonstrated that they recognize the value of our programming and the high regard we have for our viewers — including AT&T’s own customers.”