* U-verse regains Scripps' Food Network, other channels
* AT&T says satisfied this is a fair deal
* U-verse had lost access to Scripps programs Friday
NEW YORK, Nov 7 AT&T Inc (T.N) reached a deal
with Scripps Networks SNI.N on Sunday, resuming access to
popular channels like the Food Network and Cooking Channel for
its U-verse customers.
AT&T's 2.7 million U-verse television customers had lost
access on Friday to the Scripps Networks' channels after
negotiations over programming fees hit an impasse.
"We're very satisfied that this is a fair deal that
benefits our U-verse customers," AT&T said in a statement.
"The terms and costs of the deal recognize our growing
subscriber base and give us the tools and content rights to
compete with all other providers."
AT&T U-verse had said on Friday that Scripps, which also
owns HGTV and GAC, was asking AT&T to pay "double what other
competitors pay." AT&T also said at the time that Scripps
Networks wanted a "premium price for inferior access to their
content for our customers on other platforms."
AT&T U-verse and Scripps Networks were the latest companies
battling over programming fees in a year packed with disputes.
News Corp's (NWSA.O) Fox was recently involved in two
disputes with Cablevision Systems Corp CVC.N and Dish Network
Corp (DISH.O) subscribers that involved a blackout of some Fox
Last March Cablevision customers lost Walt Disney Co's
(DIS.N) ABC for several hours until 15 minutes into the live
telecast of the Academy Awards.
(Reporting by Paritosh Bansal; additional reporting by
Jennifer Saba; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe)