AT & T has maintained that it not only offered CBS a "unprecedented rate increase" but that broadcaster would not let it sell All Access as a separate option and thus give customers the choice of subscribing to basic TV bundles without CBS included . CBS was allegedly trying to turn a free-to-air station into a premium channel while "leaving cable and satellite customers holding the bag."
CBS has provided a very different version of events. It characterized the blackout as the result of a "long and clear track record" of AT & T using "aggressive tactics" to underpay networks, pointing to recent disputes like those with Nexstar (still ongoing) and Viacom (avoided with a last-minute settlement in March). AT & T's competitors have agreed to these terms, it's added.
CBS warns that the blackout could last a long time, although we've seen how this kind of dispute usually plays out ̵