DirecTV Group Inc., the biggest U.S. satellite television provider, has agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle a 22-state probe of the company's marketing and advertising, New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said Monday.
The El Segundo-based company agreed to reform its advertising and marketing policies, said a statement posted on Spitzer's website.
In addition to the $5 million, the company will pay restitution to consumers who complained about cancellation policies and fees, the statement said.
DirecTV agreed to "clearly inform" customers about fees and monthly charges that were in "small unreadable print" and about contract provisions that modified offers or locked in customers, Spitzer said.
The accord is one of several reached with Spitzer this year over consumer marketing claims.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment paid $10 million in July to settle allegations that it bribed radio station programmers to get airplay for its artists.