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Despite a meeting of executives from AT&T and Nexstar Media Group over the weekend, the two-week-long blackout of about 120 local Nexstar TV stations in the US is dragging on.

nexstar 16 july 2019Negotiations are expected to continue this week, according to company spokespeople. AT&T recently said that Nexstar has been avoiding face-to-face dialogue since the blackout began on 4 July – so the meeting is significant.

“AT&T has been ready to negotiate since Nexstar removed its stations more than a week ago,” the company said last week. “As we enter the second week of their blackout of our customers, Nexstar has cancelled our scheduled meeting for Friday and it now has been rescheduled for Saturday.”

That meeting happened, but no movement has been made -- AT&T claims Nexstar wants to double its retransmission fees, which is a no-go for the telco. Nexstar for its part said it has been offering AT&T an extension that AT&T has been rejecting.

“We have spent the past week offering Nexstar new rates in multiple good faith proposals,” it said. “Nexstar claims that it offered us an unconditional 30-day extension. That is not true. Nexstar’s extension was specifically conditioned on its rates being retroactively applied, with an expectation that we and our customers would pay its unprecedented proposed fee increase.”

“Nexstar did not pull its stations or ask for their removal from AT&T’s DirectTV, U-verse or DirectTV Now platforms,"Nexstar said in a statement. "Rather, Nexstar’s offer for a 30-day extension would have allowed consumers in the affected markets to continue viewing their favourite network shows, special events, sports, local news and other programming while the parties continue negotiations.”