NEW YORK (AP) – Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., has gone dark for 5.6 million AT&T U-verse customers because the companies are fighting over how much AT&T should pay Univision for its channels.
These disputes have become common in recent years as channel prices rise. That means customers’ bills keep going up too. Blackouts can last for less than a day, weeks or even months.
Univision said Friday that it wants “fair compensation, on par with English language broadcasters.” AT&T says it wants to “resolve this matter quickly.”
DirecTV, which AT&T bought last year and has been emphasizing over U-verse, isn’t affected by this spat. The much larger satellite TV division still carries Univision and other channels owned by the company, like UniMas and Galavision.