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AT&T U-verse Yanks 5 Channels In Contract Dispute

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CHICAGO (WBBM) - AT&T U-verse cable TV customers, hoping to watch the Food Network or HGTV this morning could be upset to learn the those programs and several others are off the air.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Mary Frances Bragiel Reports


The AT&T U-verse service has dropped the county music network Great American Country, HGTV, the Food Network, Cooking Channel and the home improvement channel DIY Network.

Those all are Scripps Networks channels and AT&T’s contract with Scripps Networks has expired. The channels were pulled Friday morning and it’s not known when the two sides will resume talks.

Scripps Networks President John Lansing says, despite what some may believe, the contract breakdown was not over money.

The problem, he says, is that AT&T U-Verse wants to use the company’s video on phones and websites and without restrictions.

Newsradio 780 has reached out to AT&T for comment.

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