Univision, AT&T Extend U-Verse Access Yet Again

Another day-make that another 24 hours--another Univision/AT&T carriage/access extension.

The two companies agreed late Wednesday (March 16) to extend access by AT&T's U-verse to Univision TV stations and the network another 24 hours, until 1 a.m., Friday, March 18.

It is the latest in a series of extensions as they work on a new carriage deal.

Univision's other networks will remain off U-Verse while they negotiate.

Univision stations and networks went off U-Verse March 4, with acrimony on both sides, Univision accusing AT&T of discriminating against Spanish-language nets by not giving them full value, AT&T calling the charge despicable.

But the rhetoric cooled and AT&T was allowed to restore the Univision stations and network for the Democratic Debate from Miami Wednesday night (March 9), then there was a 24 hour extension beyond the two-hour debate, then that was extended to 1 a.m. Saturday (March 12), beginning a series of short-term extensions that continued Wednesday night.

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.