“Our record is proof of that,” Tegna said on its station sites. “Over the past few years, we have entered into hundreds of multi-year contracts with cable and satellite companies across the country, including Dish, Spectrum, Comcast, Frontier and many others. It was disappointing that DirecTV refused to reach an agreement. For its part, Nexstar issued a press release in which dish refused to conclude a new distribution agreement. This fact was disputed by Neylon, who continued to say that Dish had “offered to renew the current contract and keep subscribers unscathed while negotiations continued – once at 11:53 am STT and again at 3:11pm MST – but Nexstar never responded.” Keith Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Nexstar Media Group Inc., said in the statement, “This new multi-year agreement will allow us to continue to provide the main network and sports content of our channels, as well as local news and other programs to ATT subscribers in our markets.” From 19 .m. On Wednesday, local Dish Network subscribers lost access to Fox59 and CBS4 after their parent company, Nexstar Media, failed to reach a new deal with Dish. The two sides are negotiating a new agreement to replace the 2016 agreement that allows Dish to transfer Nexstar`s network and local programs, including its WGN America, NFL and College Football cable network, and content through broadcast partners CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, CW and MyNet. “We ask TEGNA to immediately return its local stations as we reach a new agreement and commit to pay TEGNA retroactively, whatever the higher rates we ultimately agree,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We share the frustration of our customers, we appreciate their patience and we intend to do everything we can to resolve this issue soon.” Dozens of Texas television channels owned by Nexstar and Tegna could be inaccessible to satellite TV customers if owners fail to reach an agreement with TV providers on what companies want to ask for for the broadcasting of the channels. At T and Tegna also failed to reach a new agreement on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of more than 60 channels on DirecTV, AT-T-verse, and the television broadcast service AT-T. Nexstar, DirecTV and AT-T have entered into a new multi-year extension agreement to provide Nexstar with network-close and local channels in 97 markets in the United States. On its sites, Tegna has drawn attention to the countless agreements it has made with other distributors. “Our customers want more choice and value, and we are pleased to provide this with this new agreement with Nexstar and its many local broadcasters,” Rob Thun, senior vice president of content and programming at AT-T Communications, said in the statement.
“Unfortunately, DIRECTV and AT-T-Verse have not agreed with Tegna to keep our stations available for their services. Our company has successfully negotiated multi-year contracts with hundreds of cable and satellite providers across the country without disrupting service,” Tegna spokeswoman Anne Bentley said in a statement, noting that the company`s channels are available from other streaming service providers.