As of 11:59pm Eastern Time on March 15, 2017, AT&T U-Verse has dropped Raycom Media Stations from their lineup in 23 local markets. This represents the 5th takedown of service by AT&T U-Verse since their merger with DirecTV. Prior to the AT&T merger with DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse had no signal disruptions during retransmission negotiations.
“We never want our communities to experience a disruption,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media President and CEO. “These retransmission consent agreements are important free-market negotiations that sustain broadcast localism. It is unfortunate that AT&T U-Verse appears to be involving their customers in their broader business strategy.”
In the last 3 years, Raycom Media has successfully negotiated retransmission consent agreements with 99.5% of its operators without a disruption to viewers.
Read more about AT&T’s broader strategy by clicking on these article links here:
AT&T Takes U Turn on U-Verse as It Pushes Toward Direct TV published by AdvertisingAge.
A Look At AT&T’s Pay TV Business A Year After the DirecTV Deal published by Forbes.
Raycom Media reached a total of 11 retransmission agreements with multichannel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) in 2016. The deals covered 41 Raycom Media markets, and maintained service to over 2.5 million subscribers with no disruption, which represents over 15% of the total subscriber base that chooses to view Raycom Media programming via MVPD.