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DirecTV Suing Lifetime for Breach of Contract

Mar 24, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After settling its battle with EchoStar Communications, Lifetime Entertainment Services is in a scrape with another satellite provider.

DirecTV filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a Los Angeles federal court charging Lifetime with breach of contract. According to the suit, after Lifetime’s channels got knocked off EchoStar’s Dish Network on Dec. 31, Lifetime made a deal with DirecTV to offer EchoStar customers $200 to switch to DirecTV. DirecTV claims it was surprised when Lifetime later reached a carriage deal with EchoStar and terminated the $200 switch offer. DirecTV also claims Lifetime violated the agreement by giving EchoStar a better deal economically.

“We are disappointed in Lifetime’s failure to live up to their contractual commitments to us,” a DirecTV spokesman said. “We engaged in lengthy discussions with them in an attempt to resolve our dispute out of court, but in the end we had no choice but to file when Lifetime refused to make a meaningful offer or compromise.”

The spokesman added that DirecTV does not seek to unplug the Lifetime Networks, only to make certain it has a fair deal.

“We don’t comment on pending litigation,” a Lifetime spokesman said.