Public disputes between MVPDs and programmers are on the rise at a time of rapid transformation of the pay-TV marketplace as low-cost new entrants such as Hulu and YouTube move in. But DIrecTV is not alone among distributors in facing contract showdowns. Last month DirecTV rival Dish came to terms on a carriage deal with Univision after a nine-month blackout.
AT&T simply has not yet demonstrated that they recognize the value of our programming and the high regard we have for our viewers – including AT&T’s own customers." "AT&T has not demonstrated a willingness to negotiate reasonably," Buccieri wrote. "The deal we are seeking is based on the same fair market terms that have allowed us to reach deals with numerous other providers.
AT&T is under pressure to improve the financial picture at DirecTV as the company shoulders a $170 billion debt load leftover from its acquisitions of DirecTV in 2015 and Time Warner in 2018.
Earlier this week, AT&T reported a loss of 544,000 DirecTV subscribers in the first quarter, bringing total subs across AT&T's MVPD services to 22.4 million. DirecTV parent AT&T has been blunt in its discussions with Wall Street about its intent to hammer down on rising programming costs as DirecTV service suffers from substantial subscriber losses as the pay-TV eco system evolves.
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The A+E Networks channel portfolio also includes FYI, Lifetime Movie Network and Viceland. A+E Networks is expected to begin running promo spots warning viewers about the contract tussle, and a crawl message on its largest channels.
It seems that concern has become a reality." "Many, including the U.S. Department of Justice, were concerned that AT&T would have the ability and incentive to discriminate against programmers like A+E Networks and others like us. "Having recently acquired WarnerMedia, AT&T appears intent on using their new position to gain an unfair advantage for their own channels," Buccieri wrote.
DirecTV last month concluded tense carriage renewal negotiations with Viacom that also involved public saber-rattling on both sides. Buccieri raised the specter of AT&T discriminating against an outside programming service after bulking up on acquisitions.
A+E Networks is warning viewers of a possible blackout of A&E Network, Lifetime, History and other channels across DirecTV platforms as the sides go down to the wire on carriage renewal negotiations.
DirecTV and A+E Networks are facing a deadline of midnight ET Tuesday to strike a new deal that will keep A+E Networks channels on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse. A+E was expected to begin running a crawl Saturday evening on select programs across its channels informing viewers of the potential for the channels to go dark.
A+E Networks Group CEO Paul Buccieri alerted company staffers to the situation in a memo sent Saturday afternoon. Negotiations are ongoing but A+E Networks brass are clearly concerned.

Here’s a couple of suggestions of how you could finesse it
You find a dude in town, you send him a short message
Say, "Hey, I’m new in town, I don’t know my way around
But I got some soft white that’s sure to come back brown
I get that butter all night
Cause most niggaz don’t know a brick from a bike
They keep buyin hard white
And if you free tomorrow night we can meet and discuss price
FYI, I never been robbed in my life"
Or, you find a chick, shit, you hole up in her crib and
Let her introduce you ’round town like her man
Shake hands, make friends like it’s all innocent
Then, before they look up you sellin the town cook-up
Or, gorilla pimp, come up on that killer shit
Take a nigga brick, smack him, then you sell it back to them
Still there Brooklyn?

Yeah yeah that’s gangsta, I think I’ma roll with that one

Make out a check for eight hundred dollars
Jigga Man, holla

1-900-Hustler, Sigel, holla at your boy
Whassup Sig? This Chris out the Young Guns dog
Whattup?
I’m ready to smash these niggaz in the rap game
The niggaz takin too long with that advance money and shit
Yeah
Talkin ’bout chill, chill don’t pay the bills
Yeah I feel that
I know you well connected dog
Let me holla at somebody real
Aight look, I got the perfect person for you, hold on
Bleek, line two

Listen shorty, you wanna roll just give me the word
I ain’t got time for a sentence all that shit is absurd
You find a strip first, if you don’t cook find a bitch first
If you don’t hustle find a nigga who pitch first
You new in town, no red and blue in town, there’s gangs
Don’t get fresh, let ’em know you small change
The strong move quiet, the weak start riots
We know you got a brick but sell ’em twenties til they tired
With no credit, you know you sick with that gotta eat fetish
And other niggaz who gettin it, dead it
Make ’em an offer that they can’t refuse
He resists, box him in, til he can’t be moved
Here’s the rules: chop it, bag it, stash it, stack it
Get in, get out, that’s a O.G.’s classic
900-Hustler, you pass it around
Wanna speak to me direct, hit extension trey-pound, I’m out

1-900-Hustler, Sigel, holla at your dog
What seem to be the problem young boy?
Yo whattup, this Murder Def Kill Homicide Nigga
I got two freaks
Yo watch your fuckin mouth man
Fuck you mean watch my mouth nigga?
Been on hold for about two hours nigga
I don’t give a fuck how long you been on the line
Shut the fuck up! Matter of fact, hold on
I know this nigga ain’t just put, put me on hold man
This bullshit-ass elevator music
Free, pick up line five

First things first, watch what you say out your mouth
When you talkin on the phone to hus-tlers
Never play the house, think drought, keep heat in the couch
When you sittin in the presence of cus-tomers
Never hold out, pull out, throw heat and be out
If a nigga ever think that he touchin-ya
Lay low, get cake, whip all over the state
Stash dough, whip yay with, right amount of bake (hoe!)
Nigga too close went right around his place (yo!)
You stoppin dough when we clutchin the gats?
I know you heard "Friend or Foe, " this ain’t different from that
Make sure you got your four-four and he can slip if he like
Young, Jon Benet daughter missin tonight and yo
Until you up stay away from them dykes and whores
Three smuts, two straights and a dyke
Can pause one-three rumbles two streaks and a pipe for sure
And if it’s tight, then he might come back for more
Nine and four, everyday back and forth
Winter to summer, 1-900-Hustler
Pass the number til you’re stackin balls
Tell you how to weigh shit wet and package more
I take cash or write the check out to F-R
Two E’s, that’ll be two G’s
And forget my money I’m comin for all your ki’s, nigga

1-900-Hustler, Sigel, holla at your boy dog
Yo what up young, you put me on hold earlier man what happened
Yeah you stupid motherfucker {Watch your mouth man}
You talkin all reckless on the phone