The deal will allow AT&T to restore five dozen TEGNA-owned station to DirecTV and U-Verse.
TEGNA won’t say how much money it’s requesting for the channels, but AT&T says it amounts to the “largest rate increase” ever.
TEGNA says it is “confident” that a deal can be done “quickly” if AT&T “is now willing to begin good faith discussions.”
AT&T has started telling its DirecTV and U-Verse customers to use a free streaming service to access dozens of blacked-out local channels that are operated by TEGNA.
TEGNA and other programmers have asked for around 24 percent more in carriage fees year-over-year, an AT&T source said.
Broadcaster TEGNA has made good on its promise to black out dozens of local television stations on systems operated by AT&T.
The blackout impacts KRON-TV in San Francisco as well as channels in Bakersfield and Fresno.