Univision, AT&T Agree on Extension To March 16

Univision and AT&T have agreed to extend U-Verse access to the Univision network and TV stations until 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, while they continue to try and reach a carriage agreement.

The other Univision networks--UniMás, Galavisión, Univision Deportes--continue to be dark on U-Verse, though AT&T had asked that they, too, be restored.

Univision nets and stations went off U-Verse at midnight March 3 after the two failed to reach an agreement. There was tough talk on both sides, with Univsion saying AT&T was discriminating against the Spanish-language nets and AT&T calling that charge Despicable.

But the rhetoric cooled and Univision agreed tp allow U-Verse to air the Democratic Debate from Miami Wednesday night (March 9), then agreed to extend that another 24 hours beyond the two-hour debate, then extended that to 1 a.m. Saturday (March 12), and now has extended that yet again.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.