DirecTV drops KDKA due to contract stalemate with CBS |

DirecTV drops KDKA due to contract stalemate with CBS

Deb Erdley
DirecTV logos are seen on flyers in North Andover, Mass. in this file photo.

DirecTV customers across the region on Saturday found KDKA-TV, the CBS local affiliate, was no longer available through their subscription service.

They were among some 6.5 million DirecTV subscribers across the nation affected by the blackout, the result of a stalemate in talks between CBS and AT&T over the cost of DirecTV’s access to the broadcast network’s programming.

A link on KDKA’s website warned subscribers the blackout could be lengthy and urged them to take action. The link was still posted to the website around 8 p.m.

“While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time,” the message read.

The network encouraged viewers to voice their displeasure to AT&T.

The New York Times reported that AT&T said the CBS was demanding “unprecedented increases” in the fees it charges DirecTV for content.

The Times reported that three individuals familiar with the stalemate said CBS, which had been paid an average of a little over $2 a month for each AT&T subscriber, wanted to raise that fee to about $3.

The blackout, that included the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel affected subscribers to DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV across the country.

Viewers can still access CBS broadcasts free via antennas.

CBS also directed viewers affected by the blackout to access its broadcasts via CBS All Access, the network’s subscription video on demand streaming service; CBSN, CBS SPORTS HQ and ET LIVE, its free video on demand streaming channels.

But that did little to placate DirecTV subscribers who took to social media, blasting both the network and DirecTV for the blackout.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Regional | Top Stories
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.