CBS and AT&T were not able to resolve a carriage dispute and so millions of AT&T U-verse TV, DirecTV and the streaming service DirecTV Now.
CBS-owned stations in 14 cities that may be affected include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Sacramento.
“Our goal is always to deliver the content our customers want at a value that also makes sense to them. We continue to fight hard for that here and appreciate our customers’ patience while we work this out with CBS,” said AT&T in a statement.
“AT&T, however, continues to propose unfair terms well below those agreed to by its competitors and may drop CBS unless we agree to those terms,” said CBS.
You can blame either party or both for the failed negotiations that resulted in a blackout. But regardless of who is at fault, there are millions of customers who rely on local programming from CBS. Here are some ways to get local CBS stations if you’re an AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, or DirecTV Now customer.
How To Watch Local CBS
- Local CBS broadcast stations are available over-the-air (even in High Definition) using an antenna like the new upgraded 1byone Digital Amplified Indoor HD TV Antenna. You just plug it into the coaxial input of your TV. New to OTA? Learn How To Get Local HD channels Over-the-Air.
- Use an Amazon Fire TV with Tuner in conjunction with an app like Air TV to get local channel broadcasts where available.
- Hook up a Fire TV Recast Over-the-Air DVR Tuner to record up to 75 hours of programming. (You’ll also need an antenna. See inexpensive choices on Amazon.)
- Get a device like the Sling AirTV Dual-Tuner Local Channel Streamer or Sling Dual-Tuner Local Channel Streamer.
- Use a Roku Streaming Media Player to tune-in to local CBS stations (if available through channel apps).
- Subscribe to CBS All Access streaming and get local live TV (if available in your area).
How To Watch CBS News
- “Sunday Morning” airs on CBSN at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
- “Face the Nation” airs on CBSN at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET
- “CBS Evening News” airs on CBSN at 10:00 p.m. ET
- “CBS This Morning” airs on CBSN at 8 a.m. ET
- “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes” are available on CBS All Access
Also Read: How To Get Free Local Channels Over-the-Air