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November 15, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Lakers fans are finally getting some good news. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has struck a deal to carry SportsNet, the Time Warner Cable-owned network that is the new TV home for the Lakers, sources close to the talks said. An announcement could come as early as this afternoon, they said. The deal ends a long standoff between the two companies. DirecTV has about 1.7 million subscribers in Southern California and having it carry SportsNet and sister Spanish-language channel Deportes was crucial for Time Warner Cable.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder and Joe Flint
The storm between the Weather Channel and DirecTV has finally cleared.  The network will return to the satellite television provider on Wednesday, the companies said, following a carriage dispute that had left the channel blacked out for DirecTV's 20 million customers since January.  As part of the deal, the Weather Channel agreed to scale back on the amount of so-called reality programming it carries. One of the reasons DirecTV cited when dropping the channel was that it had moved too far away from its core mission of being a weather service.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV is going to have to decide soon whether to punt or keep the football. The satellite broadcaster's exclusive contract for rights to the National Football League's Sunday Ticket package, which offers subscribers access to every game being played on Sunday afternoon, ends after the 2014 season. While that may seem like it is a long way off, typically the NFL likes to renegotiate its TV agreements a few years in advance of their expiration date. That was the case with ESPN, Fox, CBS and NBC, all of whom signed lengthy deals long before their current pacts expired.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2014 | Joe Flint
For almost two decades, DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games has been a superstar performer for the satellite broadcaster. But like any team with an aging and expensive player, DirecTV now has to decide whether to keep Sunday Ticket on its roster. DirecTV pays $1 billion a season for the rights to all Sunday afternoon games under an exclusive deal that runs through next season. The satellite broadcaster and the NFL are in talks on a new contract, with cost and length being two sticking points.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The Lakers may not have Phil Jackson but at least they have DirecTV. Ending a long standoff, satellite broadcaster DirecTV has reached an agreement to carry Time Warner Cable's SportsNet, which is the new television home for the Lakers. As part of the pact, DirecTV will also carry Deportes, the Spanish-language sister channel of SportsNet. Laker fans who have DirecTV won't be the only ones cheering the decision. Many bars and restaurants with DirecTV have seen their businesses take a hit without having Laker games on the big screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV subscribers may lose popular channels owned by Viacom Inc. including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon as early as Wednesday if the two companies are unable to come to terms on a new distribution deal. Viacom said on its website that its current contract with DirecTV expires at midnight Tuesday and no agreement is near. "Despite our best efforts, DirecTV has rejected all of our proposals to renew our agreement," Viacom said, adding that the latest offer from the satellite broadcaster is for a lower rate than Viacom said it gets from any other distributor in the industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has been running a clever marketing campaign about the bad things that can happen to people who subscribe to cable. If a cable company - say Time Warner Cable - decided to parody those DirecTV commercials, it might go something like this: "If you have DirecTV, you can't see the Dodgers, USC or UCLA. When you can't see the Dodgers, USC or UCLA, you get mad. When you get mad, you climb on to your roof to kick your satellite dish. When you climb on to your roof to kick your satellite dish, you end up face down in the driveway with broken bones.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV has fired back at Viacom Inc., saying it is the programmer's desire to force the satellite broadcaster to carry its movie channel Epix that has caused a breakdown in their negotiations for a new deal. In a statement, DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the company had reached a new agreement in principle Tuesday to carry Viacom's cable channels, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Then, Mercer said, Viacom tried to force carriage of its pay movie channel Epix as part of the contract at a cost of more than $500 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated -- see below for details. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has quietly added a surcharge to some customers for sports channels separately on several of its most popular programming packages. New DirecTV subscribers who live in areas where there are more than one regional sports network (Los Angeles has four -- News Corp.'s Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West and Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes) and want those channels are being asked to pay a monthly surcharge of $3. That fee is on top of whatever portion of the costs of the channels DirecTV passes on to its customers.
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