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Eight DirecTV channels back on the air after outage due to 'technical difficulties'

Eight DirecTV channels back on the air after outage due to 'technical difficulties'
A DirecTV satellite dish on a home in Palo Alto. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Eight DirecTV channels that were knocked out nationwide by "technical difficulties" early Friday morning were back on the air in the afternoon, said AT&T, the parent company of the pay-TV provider.

The outage, which affected high-definition channels, lasted more than five hours.

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Six of those channels — CNN, Fox News, Comedy Central, Golf, NBC Sports and Ovation — remained available in standard definition throughout the outage. Two channels — Fusion and BBC World News — were not available in either format, Dallas-based AT&T said.

"We proactively reached out to customers via social and online channels to help ensure that they understood how to view the content," the company said in a statement. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience."

DirecTV has more than 20 million customers, including about 1.25 million in the Los Angeles region.

The outage was another awkward development for AT&T, which two weeks ago unveiled its $85-billion takeover of Time Warner — a deal that critics have charged would give the already powerful telecom company even more control over news and entertainment.

Also, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that DirecTV engaged in an illegal scheme to prevent Los Angeles residents from receiving a television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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UPDATES:

2:30 p.m.: This article was updated with the return of DirecTV's service.

This article was originally published at 11:05 a.m.

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