AT&T/DIRECTV Removes Channel 2 WSB-TV from Local Channel Lineups

Channel 2 WSB-TV today announced that negotiations with AT&T and DIRECTV failed to produce a deal before AT&T/DIRECTV’s authorization to carry Channel 2 WSB-TV expired at 3 AM on New Year’s Day.  Accordingly, Channel 2 WSB-TV, the local ABC affiliate previously found on Channel 1002 on AT&T U-Verse and on Channel 2 on DIRECTV is no longer available from either of those video providers.  Channel 2 WSB-TV remains available free over-the-air and through every other pay TV provider in Atlanta.

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Tim McVay, Vice President and General Manager for Channel 2 WSB-TV, issued the following statement:

We’re just as disappointed as our viewers that Channel 2 WSB-TV has been dropped from AT&T’s and DIRECTV’s video services.  It is unfortunate that AT&T/DIRECTV, which is one of the world’s biggest companies, has decided to use Atlanta television viewers as pawns in their effort to obtain unreasonable rates for Channel 2 WSB-TV programming. 

The reality is that we have deals with every single video distributor in the market except AT&T/DIRECTV.  Those contracts generally were reached without service disruptions and, in most cases, viewers never even knew agreements were being negotiated.  We have no idea why AT&T/DIRECTV alone is unwilling to accept a reasonable agreement to continue carrying Channel 2 WSB-TV.

We understand that AT&T/DIRECTV is telling its viewers that Channel 2 WSB-TV chose to have its stations removed from local channel lineups.  That is categorically false.  For weeks, AT&T/DIRECTV has had before it offers from my company to continue carrying Channel 2 WSB-TV.  AT&T/DIRECTV refuses to accept our reasonable offers – even though every other video provider in Atlanta has done so.  Viewers shouldn’t be fooled by AT&T/DIRECTV’s corporate talking points.

Negotiations for restoring Channel 2 WSB-TV to AT&T/DIRECTV are continuing and I certainly hope that this disruption is very brief.  AT&T/DIRECTV viewers should be aware, however, that Channel 2 WSB-TV’s signal remains available for free over the air and streamed live on our website, wsbtv.com on desktop and mobile, on our mobile news and weather apps and from our apps on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku devices. Of course, our viewers can watch all of our programming on every other pay-TV provider in Atlanta. 

Concerned viewers can visit our website, wsbtv.com, for additional information and updates.

About Channel 2 WSB-TV: The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta’s number one local television station. The station also operates its website, wsbtv.com, its mobile site, m.wsbtv.com, plus News, Weather, Wake-Up and Traffic Apps, airs MeTV on its digital sub-channel 2.2, and LAFF on 2.3. WSB-TV also provides news, weather and traffic on WSB-TV’s Facebook page and on Twitter @WSBTV.

About Cox Media Group: Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at coxmediagroup.com.