CBS and AT&T have reached an agreement on a new retransmission deal, ending a three-week blackout of CBS programming on AT&T systems, according to media reports. Terms of the new multiyear deal were not disclosed.
The agreement “ends a three-week blackout of local CBS programming, the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel on AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse platforms in 17 major markets, plus 117 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now,” MediaPost reports. “Approximately 6.5 million AT&T subscribers have been affected since July 19. Their access to the CBS content resumes as of today.”
The two companies released a statement in which they said they “regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience.”
MediaPost notes that the agreement comes just days before the start of NFL preseason games this weekend.
“The retransmission agreement covers 26 CBS stations in the 17 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore,” the report notes.