Kiss and make-up
Ready, set, cook: AT&T U-verse gets Food Network, HGTV back
After nearly three days without HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Great American Country and the Cooking Channel, subscribers to AT&T U-verse got their channels back.
AT&T Inc. and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI) reached an agreement late Sunday night to restore the food and home channels. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The channels had been off of U-verse since Friday morning after Scripps and AT&T failed to come to terms over the fees AT&T pays to broadcast them on its pay-TV service. The dispute left about 200,000 subscribers in Houston without such shows as The Next Iron Chef, featuring Houston chef Bryan Caswell, and House Hunters.
"We're very satisfied that this is a fair deal that benefits our U-verse customers," AT&T said in a statement. "The terms and costs of the deal recognize our growing subscriber base and give us the tools and content rights to compete with all other providers. We are very grateful to our customers for their support."
Both sides came to terms on license fees last month but were in a standoff over how much of the Scripps content AT&T could disseminate over its digital and mobile platforms, reports Multichannel News.