AT&T Reaches Retrans Deal With Nexstar

Ends blackout that began on July 3
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AT&T and Nexstar Media Group said they have reached a multi-year retransmission consent agreement for the latter’s 120 TV stations in 97 markets, effectively ending a blackout that began nearly two months ago.

In a press release, AT&T said the Nexstar stations will return to its DirecTV, AT&T TV Now and U-verse platforms.

“Our customers want more choice and value and we are pleased to deliver that through this new agreement with Nexstar and its many local stations,” AT&T Communications SVP of content and programming Rob Thun said in a press release.

This is the second major retrans deal AT&T has reached in the past few weeks. On Aug. 8, AT&T reached a carriage deal with CBS for the broadcaster’s owned and operated stations in 17 markets, ending a three week blackout. The telephone company still is embroiled in a retrans spat with 17 smaller stations that began on May 30. 

“Nexstar’s long-standing commitment is to provide exceptional programming and service to the local communities we serve across the United States and this new multi-year agreement will allow us to continue delivering our stations’ leading network and sports content as well as local news and other programming to AT&T subscribers in our markets,” Nexstar SVP distribution Keith Hopkins said in a press release.

Both companies said they regretted inconveniencing their customers, viewers, and advertisers.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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