AT&T/DIRECTV blacks out local Nexstar TV stations July 4th after rejecting offers to extend access for consumers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Viewers of Local 24 and our sister station CW30 find themselves in the middle of a dispute between two companies – Nexstar which owns our TV stations, and AT&T, which owns DirecTV and U-verse.

At midnight on July 4th, millions of viewers discovered some of their favorite programming was blacked out. This is what AT&T is putting on the screen instead of the programming they’re expecting. It says Nexstar removed the station from the line-up despite AT&T’s request to keep it available.

In a statement, Nexstar says it was negotiating “and offered to extend our current deal multiple times while we vigorously attempted to provide both sides more time to reach a fair agreement.”

In the meantime, viewers of both stations are missing out on their favorite programming. So what can they do?

Since no other cable or satellite company is affected by the blackout, they could switch to DISH network or a cable provider such as Comcast Xfinity.

Viewers can also call an 800 number urging DirecTV and AT&T U-verse to put Local 24 and CW30 back on. It’s 1-800-288 2020.

You can also watch stories covered by Local 24 News online at LocalMemphis.com.

Of course, Local 24 News will keep you updated on how the negotiations are progressing. But if it makes you feel any better, viewers in 96 other cities also are finding their favorite stations blacked out as well.

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