POST-DARK LANDING PAGE – UPDATED 08/09/2019
AT&T’S DIRECTV subscribers continue to be without WBOY 12 News as AT&T continues their recent track record of making local stations unavailable to their subscribers. Contact AT&T today at 855-937-9469 or 855-937-9462 and demand that they “Bring back my WBOY 12 News!”
AT&T Customer Service – 855-937-9469 or 855-937-9462
Q: What is the latest status on the negotiations?
A: Over the past month, Nexstar Media (parent company of WBOY 12 News), has been working hard to bring back your local stations. Unfortunately, AT&T (parent company of DIRECTV, U-verse, and DIRECTV Now) does not see the same value for WBOY 12 News and the other local Nexstar stations as their paying subscribers see. We have received tremendous support from local and state representatives who have encouraged AT&T to bring back our stations for the benefit of our viewers.
Q: Are you still negotiating with AT&T?
A: We continue to engage with AT&T to bring back WBOY 12 News and negotiate in good faith, but progress has been slow. All of this could have been avoided if AT&T accepted the multiple overtures by Nexstar to extend the current agreement for 30 days.
Q: How long will this dispute last?
A: At this point in time, we cannot accurately predict when, or if, AT&T will bring back WBOY 12 News but know we remain engaged in good faith to continue our negotiations and discussions with them. To ensure you receive WBOY 12 News ASAP, we recommend you switch your video provider today, you have options.
Q: What other programming will I miss?
A: You will continue to miss WBOY 12 News, emergency service updates, and the fall season premieres of your favorite shows and football season such as the Sunday Night Football, This is Us, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, the final season of Modern Family and more.
Q: Is it normal for AT&T to remove local programming from their lineup?
A: Recently, AT&T has routinely been involved in disputes with content providers. Following the removal of Nexstar Stations in July, AT&T dropped all CBS owned and operated stations in over a dozen markets. Earlier in 2019, more than 20 other non-Nexstar stations were removed from the AT&T lineup. Unfortunately, for some paying AT&T subscribers, that means that they have been without two or even three of their local stations!
Q: Where will WBOY 12 News programming still be available?
A: No other cable or satellite company is affected; only AT&T subscribers have had their favorite news, comedies, dramas, and sports taken away. Among the other providers available that see the value in local content include DISH (855-898-6730) and your local cable company.
Q: AT&T has offered me a credit on my next bill up to $75, or they have sent me a local antenna, why should I not stay with them?
A: Your value to AT&T is much greater than a one-time $75 credit, so they are in fact saving money by providing this to you in hopes to persuade you to stay on as a subscriber. As for the antenna that has been sent out, we are already hearing about connectivity issues, and even if this
helps restore WBOY 12 News to your television set, what about next time? We all know with AT&T there will be a next time. If AT&T has not provided you with a $75 credit, we suggest you ask that when you call 855-937-9469 or 855-937-9462.
Q: What can I do about this situation?
A: You should continue to reach out to AT&T by calling them at 855-937-9469 or 855-937-9462 to demand they bring back your favorite local news source! You can also contact other local providers including DISH (855-898-6730) and switch to make sure you are treated fairly and get the programming you want. Demand AT&T returns WBOY 12 News and the content you want, pay for, and deserve!
DIRECTV subscribers no longer have access to WBOY as AT&T and DIRECTV did not accept our extension for continued carriage of WBOY during our contract negotiations to avoid disruption of service. Contact DIRECTV today at 855-937-9469 and demand that they “Bring back my WBOY 12 News!”
Q: What is happening?
A: DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse subscribers no longer have access to WBOY station as of midnight CST on July 3, 2019. DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse did not accept a contract extension offer by Nexstar Media, parent company of WBOY for the right to continue to air your favorite news stories around the Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown area. By rejecting an extension for continued negotiations and to avoid a disruption of service, AT&T and DIRECTV took away content that you pay for and was included with your monthly subscription. They are no longer providing the content you initially signed up for when you subscribed to their service.
Q: What other programming could I miss?
A: You no longer have access to your local WBOY 12 News, you would lose your local news, emergency service updates and your favorite shows Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, America’s Got Talent, Sunday Night Football, This is Us and The Voice on 12 News NBC as well as the season finale of the Bachelorette, new seasons of The Good Doctor, American Idol and the final season of Modern Family on Your ABC.
Q: Where will WBOY programming still be available?
A: No other cable or satellite company is affected; only DIRECTV customers have had their favorite news, comedies, dramas, and sports taken away. Unfortunately, we are not alone in this as AT&T and DIRECTV have removed various other stations across the nation in the past. Among the other providers available that see the value in local content include DISH (855-898-6730) and your local cable company.
Q: Are you still negotiating with AT&T and DIRECTV?
A: We were negotiating and offered to extend our current deal multiple times while we vigorously attempted to provide both sides more time to reach a fair agreement. In the time leading up to the expiration of the agreement with DIRECTV/AT&T, Nexstar not only offered an extension until August 2, it also offered DIRECTV/AT&T its availability “over the next 30 days to meet with you in-person on the following dates: July 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 2
6, 27, 28, 29, 30 as well as August 1 and 2″ adding, “We are willing to dedicate as many of these dates as needed. Not knowing when you and your decision makers are available, to avoid any disruption in service to your customers and our viewers in 97 markets across the country, we propose an extension of the current agreement through Friday August 2nd.” This extension was not accepted.
Q: Is this abnormal for AT&T and DIRECTV to remove local programming from their lineup?
A: DIRECTV is routinely involved in disputes with content providers and following its 2015 acquisition by AT&T, it has dropped or threatened to black out various network and local community programming. Between May 30, 2019 and June 10, 2019 alone, viewers of at least 20 other non-Nexstar stations (owned by Deerfield Media, GoCom Media of Illinois, Howard Stirk Holdings, Mercury Broadcast Group, MPS Media, Nashville License Holdings, Roberts Media, Second Generation of Iowa and Waitt Broadcasting) lost access to network and local content as a result AT&T/DIRECTV’s refusal to accept fair market rates for the distribution of leading non-AT&T programming.
Q: What can I do about this situation?
A: You have choices and should take action. Call 855-937-9469 and demand they bring back your favorite local news source! You can also contact other local providers – including DISH (855-898-6730) – and switch to make sure you are treated fairly and get the programming you want. Don’t let your video provider dictate what you watch! Demand they bring back the local station and content you want and deserve!
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