AT & T maintains that CBS does not just offer a "no-cost rate increase," but the broadcaster does not let it sell All Access as a separate option and thus gives customers of subscribing to major TV bundles without CBS. CBS is deliberately changing a free-to-air station on a premium channel while "leaving cable and satellite cables holding a bag."
In no surprise, CBS has provided a different version of the events. It characterized the blackout as a result of AT & T's "long and clear track record" with "aggressive tactics" on underpay networks, pointing to recent disputes such as those with Nexstar (continued) and Viacom (avoid in a last-minute settlement in March). AT & T competitors agree with these terms, it adds.
CBS warns that blackouts may take a long time, although we see how this type of argument typically plays ̵