KVUE could disappear from AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV lineups

Update: The deadline has been extended 24 hours, until 11 p.m. Friday.

Earlier: Austin ABC affiliate KVUE could go dark tonight for AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV customers.

The station’s contract with the two providers, who united earlier this year, expires at 11 p.m. and, so far, a new deal hasn’t been reached.

The dustup is the latest in a long list this year involving just about every major Austin TV station.

Several other Tegna-owned stations across the country could vanish from the AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV lineups this evening, including ones in Dallas, Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Seattle.

Retransmission fees – money cable and satellite providers are required to pay local broadcasters in order to carry their signals – appear to be the sticking point, according to a post on KVUE’s website.

“So far DirecTV has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us – even though the terms being offered are fundamentally the same as those that just allowed us to reach a deal with Dish,” the site claims. “Unfortunately, in its recent merger with AT&T, DirecTV promised its Wall Street investors to cut $2 billion from its investment in programming like ours. It is our sincere hope that DirecTV puts its customers ahead of Wall Street.”

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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