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CBS broadcasters get dark for DirecTV customers in a contract dispute with AT & T



FILE PHOTO: An AT & T logo is pictured in Pasadena, California, USA, January 24, 2018. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

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1; CBS Corp. ( CBS.N ) and AT & T Inc ( TN ) could not renew their contact, resulting in millions DirecTV subscribers lost access to CBS programs.

CBS broadcasters in over a dozen US cities, including New York and Los Angeles, became dark for DirecTV customers as of 2:00 am CET (6:00 am CET), a statement said Saturday.

"While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT & T will soon agree to fair terms, this loss of CBS programming could last for a long time," CBS added, blaming each other for the collapse of the CBS Deals gave.

CBS, the successful show network such as "NCIS" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," directs customers to a website called KeepCBS.com, which asks them to send messages to DirecTV's social network to call or post media pages.

In a separate statement, AT & T stated that they were "willing to go ahead and offer CBS an unprecedented rate hike."

In March, AT & T renewed its contract with Viacom Inc ( VIAB.O ) to avoid a power outage for MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central for users of the pay-TV service DirecTV of the telecommunications provider.

CBS had informed its users on Tuesday that they should be prepared for a power outage on June 19, unless an agreement was reached with AT & T.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Edited by Stephen Powell

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