AT&T, Disney Continue Talks After Blackout Deadline

Subscribers could lose ABC, ESPN
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AT&T and The Walt Disney Co. continued discussions on a new retransmission consent agreement on Saturday, avoiding a blackout of Disney channels that could have begun Friday night.

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Disney this week began warning viewers that if they were subscribers of DirecTV, Uverse or AT&T TV Now they could lose ABC, ESPN, Freeform and other channels plus local programming in key markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

AT&T recently ended months-long blackouts involving CBS and Nexstar Media stations.

John Stephens, AT&T’s CFO, told an investor conference on Wednesday that as a result of those blackouts and a price increase for its pay-TV services, it could lose an extra 300,000 to 350,000 subscribers.

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