AT&T announced a few months ago that later this year it’s going to launch a standalone TV streaming service under the DirecTV brand. It later confirmed that the service is going to be called DirecTV Now. Crucial details such as the monthly subscription price and the fact that it’s going to offer more than 100 channels have already been confirmed but it appears that the company hasn’t been able to sign all major networks. A new report claims that the DirecTV Now channel list isn’t going to feature CBS at launch.
CBS is one of the largest networks in the United States so it will certainly be missed by subscribers. They won’t be able to access some of the network’s biggest shows, quite a few NFL games, and other content that’s exclusive to CBS.
It has already been confirmed that DirecTV Now is going to offer access to more than 100 channels for $35 per month. This puts the service in a good position against rivals like Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Dish’s Sling TV streaming services both of which have been out for quite some time now.
Bloomberg reports that CBS is playing hard to get since it has its own streaming service called CBS All Access. According to the report the network has been demanding a licensing fee higher than what DirecTV is willing to offer.
It’s unclear how long CBS is going to take to agree on a licensing fee that’s acceptable to DirecTV as well. One thing is for sure though, it won’t hold up DirecTV Now’s unveil event on November 28th.