AT&T Drops Cox-Owned Locals on DirecTV and AT&T TV

Last week, we reported that that AT&T was in jeopardy of losing Cox-owned stations if the two companies weren’t able to make a retransmission deal. AT&T and Cox did not manage to make a deal before the midnight PT deadline and the channels have been blacked out for customers in those areas.

The channels are posting notices to their customers, like this one from KIRO & in Seattle:

KIRO 7 has been removed from AT&T/DIRECTV after AT&T/DIRECTV refused to agree to a fair agreement with our owner, Cox Media Group, to carry our station. If you are currently affected by AT&T/DIRECTV’s decision to deprive you of important local news and programming during these critical times, make your voice heard! Call AT&T/DIRECTV today at 1-800-531-5000 and demand that they get your local programming back.

AT&T’s TV Promise page now has the following message to customers:

We’re disappointed Cox Media Group has intentionally put you into the middle of a private business matter. We want to get KIRO-CBS back into your local lineups, but Cox Media Group alone has exclusive control over which homes are allowed to receive KIRO-CBS and any CBS programs in Seattle and Tacoma. We continue to work with Cox Media Group to get your stations back and appreciate your patience while we do.  

The stations that have been affected include:

  • KLAX-TV (ABC), Alexandria, LA
  • WSB-TV (ABC), Atlanta, GA
  • WFXT-TV (Fox), Boston, MA
  • WSOC-TV (ABC), Charlotte, NC
  • WAXN-TV (IND), Charlotte, NC
  • WHIO-TV (CBS), Dayton, OH
  • KVIQ (CBS), Eureka, CA
  • KIEM (NBC), Eureka, CA
  • KPVI (NBC), Idaho Falls, ID
  • WFOX-TV (Fox), Jacksonville, FL
  • WFOX2-TV (MNT), Jacksonville, FL
  • KVMU (FOX), Medford, OR
  • KFBI (MyNetworkTV), Medford, OR
  • WHBQ-TV (Fox), Memphis, TN
  • WFTV-TV (ABC), Orlando, FL
  • WRDQ-TV (IND), Orlando, FL
  • WPXI-TV (NBC), Pittsburgh
  • KIRO-TV (CBS), Seattle
  • KAYU (FOX), Spokane, WA
  • KOKI-TV (Fox), Tulsa, OK
  • KMYT-TV (MNT), Tulsa, OK
  • KFFX (FOX), Yakima, WA
  • KYMA (CBS/NBC), Yuma, AZ