AT&T won't carry Al-Jazeera America, which launched Tuesday.
Leaders made that decision because of a contract dispute, Reuters reported Tuesday night.
"We could not reach an agreement with the owner that we believed provided value for our customers and our business," AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said, according to the report.
Last week, an AT&T spokeswoman in Tennessee declined to provide a comment about whether the new channel would be carried locally.
Al-Jazeera America will have 12 bureaus across the United States, including one in Nashville, according to Nooga.com archives.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Al-Jazeera paid $500 million to buy Current TV, a news-talk network co-founded by Al Gore.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that about 48 million people will be able to watch Al-Jazeera America. That's less than half of the country's 103 million television subscribers, according to the publication.
With the purchase of Current TV, Al-Jazeera acquired the channel's existing distribution deals, also according to the Los Angeles Times.
Locally, EPB and Comcast customers will be able to watch Al-Jazeera America if they have the package that includes the channel.
For EPB, it's Channel 149, and it's Channel 107 for Comcast, officials said.
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