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CBS blackout is the latest frustration for TV viewers caught in the middle of price wars | NBC News

At issue is the cost to DirecTV to transmit the CBS channel. Such rates are routinely the subject of renegotiation, and it’s the second time this summer that DirecTV has been involved in a blackout. Earlier this month, consumers in 97 markets lost access to a range of broadcast networks after DirecTV failed to agree to a price increase requested by station owner Nexstar. That meant some viewers couldn’t watch the U.S. team win the Women’s World Cup.

Last week, the rival satellite company Dish blacked out Meredith-owned network stations in a similar pricing dispute. In November, Dish viewers lost access to HBO, part of WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T. FX and National Geographic channels, owned by Disney, are also potential collateral in a separate dispute with Dish.

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CBS blackout is the latest frustration for TV viewers caught in the middle of price wars.

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