An on-going negotiation between Nexstar Media Group and DirecTV led to a loss of accessible network and local programming for subscribers across 97 markets, including the greater Baton Rouge area, in early July.
Effective at 11:59 p.m. CST on July 3, DirecTV (which is controlled by AT&T) dropped programming for FOX 44 and CW 21. The outage extends to more than 120 stations across the country.
Nexstar maintains that DirecTV refused to accept an extension of the existing agreement with Nexstar that would allow DirecTV to continue broadcasting FOX 44 and CW 21.
A statement from Nexstar said AT&T “unilaterally dropped the network and local community programming” and refused to extend the existing distribution agreement to August 2 so negotiations could continue with no disruption of service. If you would like to view the full statement from Nexstar Media Group, visit here.
AT&T said in a statement, “Nexstar removed its channels from your line-up even though we offered Nexstar more money to keep them available to you.” If you would like to view the full statement from DirecTV/AT&T, visit here.
Beyond local programming, FOX network includes popular sporting events like Thursday Night Football and Sunday NFL, the MLB World Series, college football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, shows such as “The Simpsons,” “Empire,” and “The Masked Singer.”
If you are a viewer and would like to voice your concern, you are urged to call DirecTV at 1-800-288-2020.
In the interim, viewers can access over-the-air signals for FOX and the CW with an antenna or switch services to DISH Network or a local cable provider.
Additionally, subscribers to DirecTV may call (855) 937-9468 for concerns specific to FOX 44. For concerns specific to CW 21, call (855) 937-9637.
Both Nexstar and AT&T said they are open to continuing negotiations.