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November 2, 1999 | A Times Staff Writer
El Segundo-based DirecTV Inc. has signed ABC TV personality Drew Carey as spokesman for a national advertising campaign that will begin airing Thursday. Two spots featuring the comedian will run for four weeks and promote the satellite television programming provider during the holiday season. Terms weren't disclosed. In addition to television commercials, the campaign, reportedly valued at $30 million, will include print, radio and point-of-sale materials.
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December 16, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
DirecTV Inc. has settled misleading-advertising complaints, agreeing to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain price policies. The settlement ended complaints brought by 50 state attorneys general that the satellite television giant, based in El Segundo, lured customers to sign up for service by offering deals without fully explaining the costs of the contract. For example, DirecTV offered a promotional rate of $29.99 a month when the regular charges for service were $53.99 or $63.99 a month.
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February 25, 1999 | Associated Press
It Bears Watching: Broadcasters want a court to immediately stop the nation's largest satellite TV company from beaming CBS and Fox programs to its customers. DirecTV Inc. today plans to directly offer customers nationwide the option of buying a new package of broadcast network stations that includes CBS and Fox affiliates.
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November 2, 1999 | A Times Staff Writer
El Segundo-based DirecTV Inc. has signed ABC TV personality Drew Carey as spokesman for a national advertising campaign that will begin airing Thursday. Two spots featuring the comedian will run for four weeks and promote the satellite television programming provider during the holiday season. Terms weren't disclosed. In addition to television commercials, the campaign, reportedly valued at $30 million, will include print, radio and point-of-sale materials.
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August 17, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to choosing broadband Internet providers, you can't always get what you want. But with certain limitations, you can get what you need. If you use the Internet regularly, chances are you already have broadband -- that is, a high-speed hookup, usually through your cable television provider or phone company. But are you getting it at the right speed and right price? There are more choices than ever, even though you typically have to go with a provider that serves your neighborhood.
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December 16, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
DirecTV Inc. has settled misleading-advertising complaints, agreeing to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain price policies. The settlement ended complaints brought by 50 state attorneys general that the satellite television giant, based in El Segundo, lured customers to sign up for service by offering deals without fully explaining the costs of the contract. For example, DirecTV offered a promotional rate of $29.99 a month when the regular charges for service were $53.99 or $63.99 a month.
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July 28, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Grupo Televisa, the world's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, said Tuesday that it was seeking to acquire DirecTV Group Inc.'s subscribers in Mexico to become the country's only provider for satellite television service. "We would like to buy DirecTV's subscribers in Mexico but not the whole company," said Alfonso de Angoitia, Televisa's executive vice president, during a second-quarter conference call. "Hopefully, that will be during 2004, but I cannot comment on specific negotiations."
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September 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sony Fixes Glitch in Digital Satellite Dish: Sony Electronics Inc. said it is resuming shipments of its 18-inch digital satellite systems after several hundred customer complaints prompted the company to halt shipments. The system is used instead of cable television to receive sports, movies and other programs. Customers have complained of frozen pictures and horizontal lines on their screens. Sony said it worked with program providers--GM Hughes Electronics Corp.'s DirecTv Inc.
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March 8, 2007
* DirecTV Group Inc.'s headquarters in Venezuela will be forced to close for two days as the government penalizes the largest U.S. satellite television service for allegedly violating tax rules. * Boeing Co. said it would start assembling the first 787 in the second quarter and anticipates that the jetliner will make its first test flight in August.
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February 6, 2006
Today * Quarterly earnings report expected from Walt Disney Co. Tuesday * The Federal Reserve reports on consumer credit for December. * Quarterly earnings reports expected from Cisco Systems Inc. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. Wednesday * Quarterly earnings reports expected from DirecTV Group Inc., Napster Inc. and News Corp. Thursday * The Commerce Department reports on international trade for December.
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February 25, 1999 | Associated Press
It Bears Watching: Broadcasters want a court to immediately stop the nation's largest satellite TV company from beaming CBS and Fox programs to its customers. DirecTV Inc. today plans to directly offer customers nationwide the option of buying a new package of broadcast network stations that includes CBS and Fox affiliates.
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February 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Top U.S. satellite television provider DirecTV Group Inc. said subscriber growth this year was running behind expectations. The company said it would probably miss its goal of about 18 million subscribers by the end of 2008, saying the figure was now more likely to be 17 million to 18 million.
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