DirecTV subscribers might lose access to NewsNation and a number of other stations due to a carriage dispute with Nexstar.
As is typically the case with DirecTV, the dispute would not only result in DirecTV subscribers losing access to the channels, but also DirecTV Stream subscribers and U-verse customers as well.
Nexstar owns a bunch of different channels, including many local channels and NewsNation. While the company had already agreed a new deal with YouTube TV and with Hulu, it looks like its current transmission agreement with DirecTV is about to come to an end, and without an extension.
Some of the stations owned by Nexstar have now started issuing notices confirming the problem. For example, NewsNation has issued its own message warning that “if a new agreement is not reached, DIRECTV/UVerse might remove NewsNation from your schedule.”
The message goes on to explain that the dispute revolves around carriage fees and claims that DirecTV “refused our fair offer and is making negotiations very difficult.”
The message also states. “All of NewsNation could be lost? All of it. NO Chris Cuomo, NO Dan Abrams Live, NO Ashleigh Banfield, all of our hours of live, unbiased news coverage – GONE.“
As mentioned, NewsNation is only one of the stations that could be affected here, with similar messages having now gone live for many local stations as well.
For example, a Nexstar alert for Chicago’s WGN 9 (which incidentally went live on YouTube TV today) confirms the same dispute, and suggests subscribers either email DirecTV to complain, demand a rebate, or switch providers.
In spite of the large number of alerts that have gone live, it doesn’t look like any of them provide any specifics on when the channels could disappear from DirecTV. Instead, they all simply state that the “contract could soon expire and DIRECT/UVERSE might remove our station from your schedule.”