CBS has issued a warning that the network and many of its top stations — including those in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — could be dropped from DirecTV and AT&T U-verse systems because of an impasse in carriage negotiations.
“CBS has reached timely, fair agreements with hundreds of other cable, satellite, telco and internet providers to carry our industry-leading, fan-favorite programming,” the company said in a statement released today. “AT&T, however, continues to propose unfair terms well below those agreed to by its competitors and may drop CBS unless we agree to those terms.”
The network has set up a website, www.KeepCBS.com, to keep viewers informed on the status of talks.
“CBS would like to avoid being dropped, but unless an agreement is reached, our viewers should be prepared for DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV to remove CBS-owned television stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore at 11:00 PM, PT on July 19,” the network’s statement notes. “DirecTV Now customers nationwide would lose the CBS Television Network’s hit programming as well.”
If CBS is dropped it will affect close to 24 million homes, according to media reports.
Click here to read the full statement from CBS.