"We couldn’t be more pleased about adding DirecTV and DirecTV Stream to the list of providers for the Kraken and the Trail Blazers."
Disney has had interest in the NFL out-of-market package for ESPN+ since 2019
This move gives AT&T some cash to pay down debt, and may have other flexibility benefits for both AT&T and the new DirecTV entity.
Those with AT&T or DirecTV packages in Seattle, Dayton, Eureka and Yuma may need to find alternate ways to watch the Super Bowl Sunday.
This affects ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS stations, but the CBS stations in Seattle and Dayton may be particularly important for the Super Bowl.
AT&T may wind up not selling off all of DirecTV, but rather only a minority stake.
AT&T bought DirecTV for $49 billion in 2015, but may only get $20 billion for it now.
"The growth in TV is not coming from linear TV providers, but from huge programmers. You just can't swim upstream against a real tide of big players."
Many viewers reported experiencing prolonged sound outages and occasional picture blackouts on DirecTV's 4K feed of the Sugar Bowl.
Channels including ESPN, NBCSN and FS1 all weren't working in high definition for many DirecTV subscribers Saturday.
Altitude Sports is expected to be back on DirecTV Friday.