DirecTV, U-verse to Drop Esquire Network Dec. 15

Net will still be available in about 45 million homes

AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse subscribers will be without the Esquire Network as of about 1 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday (Dec. 15), as the distributors have decided to drop the network.

Esquire, the former Style, was relaunched in 2013 and offers lifestyle and entertainment programming about fashion, style, food, drink, travel, family and relationships. Series include American Ninja Warrior, Car Matchmaker, Friday Night Tykes and Joyride. The channel is owned by NBCUniversal and Hearst, parent of Esquire magazine.

The DirecTV and U-verse drop affects about 11 million homes. Afterward, Esquire Network will still be carried in nearly 45 million homes.

“It is disappointing that AT&T and DirecTV will no longer carry Esquire, but it continues to be carried across the nation to millions of subscribers and it is business as usual for the network," Esquire said in a statement. "We remain excited about our dynamic slate of original programming, including hit franchises Friday Night Tykes, American Ninja WarriorTeam Ninja Warrior, Car Matchmaker, Wrench Against the Machine, Joyride and diverse projects in development.”

News of the drop was first reported by

In a statement, AT&T said the decision to drop the channel was made in the ordinary course of business. “We routinely modify our channel lineups based on many factors, while continuing to strive to offer more choice, control and convenience to our customers,” AT&T said.