Herring's OAN, AWE Channels Gain DirecTV Slots

Programmer had sued AT&T over failure to pick up the networks on satellite-TV platform
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Herring Networks outlets One America News Network (OAN) and A Wealth of Entertainment (AWE) launched today on AT&T-owned DirecTV and the streaming service DirecTV Now, the programmer said in a release.

The launch comes about a year after the programmer sued AT&T -- which carried OAN and AWE on U-verse TV before and after buying DirecTV -- over failure to win carriage on DirecTV.

At the time, AT&T described the lawsuit as baseless and a negotiating tactic, saying "we have offered to carry both channels on DirecTV at reasonable, market-based terms" but Herring wanted to "negotiate a slanted deal.” Herring in the suit complained that AT&T had a habit of "bullying independent and diverse sources of programming." 

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The networks' release about the DirecTV pickup did not mention the lawsuit, which a person familiar with the situation said was no longer active. MCN has reached out to an AT&T representative seeking comment. 

Herring said OAN is on channel 347 and AWE is on channel 387 on DirecTV. The networks are in high-definition format (or standard definition, depending on the subscriber's service) and are in a broadly distributed package, according to Herring.

The launch is a breakthrough for the channels, which Herring Networks said are in about 30 to 35 million homes across the country, on distributors that also include Verizon Fios, Frontier Communications, CenturyLink Prism TV, Buckeye Cablevision and GCI (the Alaska-based operator now being acquired by Liberty Interactive). Until now, though, they weren't on the biggest pay-TV providers, such as AT&T-owned DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast and Charter Communications.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with DIRECTV that will enable One America News Network and AWE to join the DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW programming lineup,” Charles Herring, president of Herring Networks Inc., said in the release