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March 13, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Trade Commission sued DirecTV in federal court on Wednesday, claiming deceptive advertising by failing to adequately disclose price increases in the second year of two-year pay-TV contracts and hundreds of dollars in early-cancellation fees. The satellite TV operator also does not clearly tell subscribers that they have to cancel premium channels when free promotion periods end or they will be charged for the channels, the government claimed in the suit, filed in San Francisco.
SPORTS
March 28, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Sen. John Kerry urged baseball to hold off on a deal to put the sport's "Extra Innings" package of out-of-market games exclusively on DirecTV, but the sport's No. 2 official wouldn't make a commitment. The Massachusetts Democrat made the push at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing he chaired yesterday in an effort to keep the games on cable TV and EchoStar's Dish Network. The dispute revolves largely over how many homes will receive baseball's new television network in 2009, with DirecTV agreeing to carry it on a basic tier available to about 15 million homes.
NEWS
January 22, 1998 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Are you homesick for news and culture from the old country? Later this year, the DirecTV direct broadcasting system will let you reach out and touch a homeland halfway around the world, when it adds the most extensive ethnic and foreign-language channel offerings of any small-dish satellite or cable system. Initially, the package will include six channels from the Ethnic America Broadcasting Company - Russian-based WMNB-TV, Network Asia (serving Asians from the Indian subcontinent)
SPORTS
December 12, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL extended its agreement with DirecTV for 5 years yesterday, giving the satellite service exclusive rights to the league's subscription package in a deal worth $2 billion. The NFL's average take will rise to $400 million, more than three times the $130 million it is getting from DirecTV this season under an expiring 5-year contract, an industry source close to the negotiations told the Associated Press. Included in the agreement, which runs from 2003 to '07, is the launching of a 24-hour NFL Channel on DirecTV as early as next year.
BUSINESS
October 25, 1997 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp., which refuses to put its new regional sports channel on the DirecTV and PrimeStar satellite television systems, defended itself yesterday in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. As the company said last month when its competitors complained, it didn't make the service available to them because it didn't have to. Comcast SportsNet was introduced with fanfare on Oct. 1 and will broadcast 140 Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games. The service was made available to local cable companies, but not to their upstart rivals, DirecTV and PrimeStar, which beam digital programming to 80,000 Philadelphia-region subscribers with small satellite dishes.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2000 | By Patricia Horn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a bid to strengthen its hold on the rural satellite TV market, Pegasus Communications Corp. of Bala Cynwyd said yesterday that the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster, DirecTV, would help it gain access to a new pool of rural subscribers. Pegasus also said it would begin selling high-speed and dial-up Internet service to rural customers, a move that expands its product suite beyond reselling satellite TV. Pegasus hopes to profit by bridging what it calls the "rural-digital divide.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1997 | By John J. Fried, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The nation's two largest independent providers of DirecTV programming to rural areas have signed an agreement to join forces early next year. Under the deal, Pegasus Communications Corp. of Radnor will pay $250 million to acquire Digital Television Services, a Georgia-based firm. The purchase price includes the assumption of $140 million of debt by Pegasus. The Radnor firm will also give Digital shareowners 5.5 million of its own shares, valued at about $110 million dollars.
SPORTS
September 10, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DirecTV's new NFL SuperFan package is a football nut's sugar-coated dream - and Comcast's scariest nightmare. It's the answer to the question, "What if you could invent a way to watch every football game every Sunday?" as answered by an 11-year-old who just visited Willy Wonka's candy factory. With the ability to show eight live NFL games at a time on one screen, interactive statistical feeds, condensed-game replays, and assorted other mouthwatering overkill, it's the one thing the satellite-TV guys can offer that even the sports-crazy cable company can't.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1998 | By Leslie J. Nicholson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bell Atlantic will begin offering digital satellite television service in two undisclosed major markets this summer, under distribution agreements with DirecTV Inc. and U.S. Satellite Broadcasting. Under two deals announced yesterday, Bell Atlantic will take orders for the satellite services, lease and sell equipment, and handle installation, billing, maintenance and customer service. Customers will get access to DirecTV's 175-plus channels and to premium movies and pay-per-view programming from USSB, which is a DirecTV partner.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
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March 13, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Trade Commission sued DirecTV in federal court on Wednesday, claiming deceptive advertising by failing to adequately disclose price increases in the second year of two-year pay-TV contracts and hundreds of dollars in early-cancellation fees. The satellite TV operator also does not clearly tell subscribers that they have to cancel premium channels when free promotion periods end or they will be charged for the channels, the government claimed in the suit, filed in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
REGULAR READERS of Tattle know we are constantly amazed by the number of different groups who are aggrieved by perceived slights in the entertainment media. If there's an ethnic group or a religious group that hasn't been offended by some TV show or comedy routine, we haven't met them. The fat, the skinny, smokers, nonsmokers, those suffering from acne, erectile dysfunction and restless leg syndrome. And now . . . Shy-bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 24-hour rural network RFD-TV, which televises Hee Haw reruns and farming news, scored a victory in its public lobbying for more carriage into American homes. AT&T Inc. will carry the standard-definition RFD-TV rural network channel on its U-verse pay-TV system, expanding RFD-TV's national distribution by 5.7 million homes, the companies said Monday. With the agreement, RFD-TV says it will be available in 46 million homes. RFD-TV's founder and chairman Patrick Gottsch has lobbied federal regulators and legislators in the merger review proceedings for the AT&T/DirecTV and Comcast Corp./Time Warner Cable Inc. deals, saying he believed the mergers could threaten the independent network.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s David L. Cohen will testify in Washington on Wednesday for the third time regarding the cable-TV giant's proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc., this time before the Senate Commerce Committee. The hearing, titled "At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace," is to include testimony by AT&T Inc. executive John Stankey. AT&T operates one of the nation's largest wireless phone networks and offers U-Verse TV and Internet.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2013 | By Steve Rothwell and Matt Craft, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Two months after recovering the last of its losses from the financial crisis, the Dow Jones industrial average charged higher Tuesday, closing above 15,000 for the first time. It was another milestone in the market's epic ascent of 2013. Good economic reports, strong corporate earnings, and fresh support from central banks have eased investors' concerns about another economic slowdown. Many had been on the lookout for signs that a spring swoon would derail the rally, as in each of the last three years.
SPORTS
November 23, 2012 | BY JOSEPH D'HIPPOLITO, For the Daily News
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The work in progress that is Drexel men's basketball succumbed to a pivotal performer at this year's Olympics in the first round of the DirecTV Classic. Australia's Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 32 points to lead St. Mary's to a 76-64 victory on Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Dragons (1-3) will face Xavier at 6 p.m. Friday (ESPNU) in a consolation game. Xavier, like St. Mary's (4-0), reached the Sweet 16 in last season's NCAA Tournament.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2012 | Ellen Gray
YOU CAN'T always get what you want. One-stop shopping for TV had pretty much gone the way of the three-network universe of baby boomers' childhoods even before the Dish Network's recent falling-out with AMC and Viacom's standoff with DirecTV became the latest obstacles to come between viewers and the shows they pay to see. Sure, if you're a cable subscriber, you probably haven't yet been prevented from seeing AMC's "Breaking Bad. " Or...
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