Univision Stays on U-Verse

Another day, another carriage extension for U-verse and Univision.

U-verse parent AT&T and Univision said Tuesday (March 22) in a joint statement that, yet again, they had extended their temporary carriage of Univision stations and the network on U-verse another 24 hours--until 5 p.m., March 23.

It is the latest in more than a half-dozen extensions as the two sides try to work out an agreement for carriage of those and other Univision nets--the others,  remain off U-verse.

Univision stations and networks went off U-verse March 4 amid acrimonious accusations on both sides, but the rhetoric cooled, the stations and Univision network went back on for the Univision-hosted Democratic debate and have remained on through a series of extensions of various lengths.

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Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) last week urged a resolution ASAP for the sake of the Latino community, saying it "has an unprecedented opportunity this year to be a strong and decisive voice in our nation’s future."

While AT&T asked that the access be extended to Univision's other networks--UniMás, Galavisión, and Univision Deportes--that has not been the case.

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.