Our short regional nightmare is over. Just a couple of weeks after broadcaster Tegna’s 64 stations went dark in 51 markets across the country on both DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse, the stations have returned and this latest carrier dispute is now over.

The dispute had affected Tegna stations all across the country, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington. For the last few weeks, subscribers on AT&T’s satellite TV service, as well as AT&T U-verse and the AT&T TV streaming service, were unable to watch programming.

The dispute had a direct impact on sports fans in several markets. New Orleans viewers missed out on the big Alabama-LSU game because the local CBS affiliate is a Tegna station. Tegna also owns the NBC affiliate in Denver, which impacted Broncos fans who wanted to watch their team play (for some reason) on a Sunday night. The CBS affiliate in Houston is a Tegna station, which impacted local Texans fans wanting to watch their favorite NFL team. Certainly, there was plenty of other college football and NFL fans affected by the lack of station availability as well.

No terms from the new multi-year agreement were made public. The two sides released a joint statement saying “AT&T and TEGNA regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience.”

[John Ourand, USA Today]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.