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July 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
SpongeBob SquarePants and Snooki are coming back to DirecTV. Cable programming giant Viacom and satellite broadcaster DirecTV reached a deal early Friday morning, ending a nine-day battle that left about 20 million homes without more than a dozen popular channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1. The dispute related to the fees that Viacom was seeking for its programming, which DirecTV viewed as a steep hike. In a statement, DirecTV executive vice president Derek Chang said, "We are very pleased to be able to restore the channels to our customers and thank them for their unprecedented patience and support.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2011 | Bloomberg News
DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite- television provider, reported a 7.7 percent increase in third- quarter profit after a football promotion helped it gain U.S. subscribers. Net income climbed to $516 million, or 70 cents a share, from $479 million, or 55 cents, a year earlier, DirecTV said today in a statement. Sales increased 14 percent to $6.84 billion, compared with analysts' $6.78 billion projection. DirecTV, based in El Segundo, California, added 327,000 U.S. users, driven by demand for its NFL Sunday Ticket promotion.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
SPORTS
February 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Time Warner Cable has made both TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes available for Internet and mobile viewing. Subscribers through Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can watch Lakers games on their computers, Android tablets and phones, iPads and iPhones. “Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are using the latest technology for on-the-go viewing because it is critically important to sports fans to be connected to their teams 24/7,” said Mark Shuken, general manager of TWC Sports Regional Networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
WASHINGTON -- Consumers should get to choose which broadcast networks they want to pay to receive, a senior DirecTV executive told Congress on Wednesday. In testimony to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, DirecTV executive vice president Mike Palkovic said new rules are needed for broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox when it comes to negotiating distribution contracts with pay-TV distributors. "Broadcasting remains governed by antiquated laws designed to favor the broadcaster over the viewing public," Palkovic said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV has received a show of support from an unusual source in its feud with Viacom over a new deal to carry the media giant's cable channels including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Cox Communications Inc., the nation's fifth-largest cable operator with almost 5 million subscribers and a competitor to DirecTV, says the satellite broadcaster is right to fight Viacom's push to raise the price tag to carry its networks. In a statement, Bob Wilson, a senior vice president of Cox Communications, said the fight is indicative of bigger market forces at work that need to be addressed.
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
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
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.
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