2nd UPDATE, 2:26 PM: DirecTV appears to be back online across the country after widespread channels outages today. “All channels have been restored,” parent AT&T said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
UPDATED with AT&T statement, 1:26 PM: It seems like the DirecTV channels outage is in the final stages. The channels that were out in the Los Angeles market, at least, have returned, and parent company AT&T just sent this out, “We’re in the process of confirming that all channels have been restored. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
PREVIOUSLY, 11:57 AM: It’s a bad day for the No. 1 satellite company, and its subscribers. There are reports of signal outages across the nation, which the AT&T-owned service confirmed.
“We are aware of the outage involving several HD channels and some SD channels and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” it says. “We’ll share more information as it becomes available. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
Web site Down Detector shows that problems are being reported in most major cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In L.A., the outage included specific channels rather than full service. Among the affected were sports channels including NFL Network and ESPNHD and business-focused CNBC and Fox Business Network. CNN also was out all morning, though it came back around noon PT. Fox News and MSNBC were not affected.
“NO NEED TO CALL US,” a note on the screen of missing channels reads. “Service will be restored as soon as technical difficulties are resolved. Please check this channel periodically for status. SORRY FOR THE INTERRUPTION.” the message also is repeated in Spanish.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.