CBS and AT&T End Carriage Spat


CBS Corporation and AT&T have signed a new multiyear carriage deal covering broadcast stations, the CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel.

Late last month, CBS-owned television stations went dark on DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse TV in a slew of markets across the U.S. CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel were also removed from the DIRECTV lineup.

With the new agreement, CBS-owned local broadcast stations have returned to AT&T’s video platforms. CBS local affiliates previously available on DIRECTV NOW will also return to those streaming lineups. DIRECTV has restored access to CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. The agreement includes retransmission consent for all 26 CBS-owned stations in 17 markets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “CBS and AT&T regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience,” the companies said in a statement.