NEXSTAR owned WTAJ-TV who is responsible for CBS media programming across central PA is holding out against AT&T owned DirecTV over stale contract negotiations.
The claim is that DirecTV is being unfair in the negotiations with NEXSTAR over network pricing and WTAJ is taking to Social Media against the television giant.
Originally, a 30 day negotiation period was planned in which viewers could view content during the company’s negotiating process. However, AT&T reportedly did not honor the period and has suspended programming from NEXSTAR.
A campaign exists to call AT&T’s DirecTV to request the stations once more at NEXSTAR’s “fair” rate.
DirecTV refuses to charge their customers more money to program the NEXSTAR owned television station and has responded by dropping NEXSTAR channels from their central PA packages.
At a regular rate, DirecTV charges 15 dollars per month for routine local programming in the viewer’s area which NEXSTAR and WTAJ claim is too little.
Alternatives include CBS All-Access as an option but is a $6.99 upcharge. Additionally, over-the-air antennas will still receive dropped programming.
It is worth noting that NEXSTAR has also been involved in contract blackouts with COX Cable, DISH Network, Charter / Spectrum and other network providers in the past.
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