AT&T, A+E Reach Carriage Agreement

Deal Includes U-Verse, DirecTV Subscribers

AT&T and A+E Networks have reached a comprehensive carriage agreement for the programmer's content on AT&T’s U-Verse and DirecTV platforms, the companies said.

The deal includes linear, TV Everywhere, video-on-demand and mobility rights for A+E Networks’ suite of channels, including its Viceland channel, which will take the place of its H2 network early next year.

Viceland, A+E Networks’ collaboration with Vice Media, had been reportedly held up by carriage negotiations with DirecTV. Those problems have apparently been ironed out.

“AT&T and A+E Networks have signed a long-term, multi-platform distribution agreement, continuing their long-standing relationship,” AT&T said in a statement. “The new agreement delivers to AT&T terms that reflect its new scale and status as the largest pay TV provider in the world.”

A+E paid about $250 million for a 10% interest in Vice Media in August 2014.  Included among A+E’s brands are A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI and History en Español.  

“We have worked together with AT&T for many years and we are delighted that this renewal will allow us to do so well into the future,” A+E Networks said in a statement.