While most of the recent attention in the world of cable television has been on the contract dispute between Disney and Charter, there has also been a long-running carriage dispute since July between DirecTV and Nexstar.
The dispute has seen over 159 ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CW affiliate channels plus NewsNation unavailable since July and over the weekend, the two companies have announced a new temporary deal that has restored the channels for DirecTV customers.
“In recognition and appreciation of the continued patience of DIRECTV customers and Nexstar viewers, the companies have agreed to temporarily return the signals of the Nexstar-owned television stations and national cable news network NewsNation to DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM, and U-verse while we both work to complete the terms of an agreement.”
It’s unknown how many subscribers have been impacted by this situation, Nexstar has said it has impacted more than ten million subscribers in many regions, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver, while DirecTV has stated it has been much lower.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Disney has been in talks with Nexstar about selling some ABC stations, so long carriage disputes aren’t likely to be helpful in that situation.
With a temporary deal agreed upon, ABC channels have now returned to DirecTV.