Legal Battle Settled Between Satcaster and Cable Net

Sep 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A nasty battle over carriage that found its way to court has been put to rest. Variety reports that DirecTV and Al Jazeera America came to terms on a new carriage agreement, settling a lawsuit that was filed in 2014 by DirecTV.

“The agreement calls for DirecTV to carry the soon-to-launch Al Jazeera America HD channel,” Variety notes.

The report adds: “DirecTV sued Al Jazeera last year, claiming the cabler had violated the terms of its previous carriage agreement, which originated under Al Jazeera America predecessor channel Current, by offering lower carriage fees to other distributors than it had to DirecTV. According to DirecTV, that was a violation of the ‘favored nations’ clause in the contract assuring that no distributor would have a lower per-subscriber fee than DirecTV.”

DirecTV had also challenged the change in the channel’s content that occurred as a result of the transition from Current to Al Jazeera America in August 2013.

Commenting on the new agreement, Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera America, said: “We’re pleased to extend our partnership with DirecTV. Al Jazeera America is committed to its mission of delivering in-depth, unbiased and trusted journalism of the highest quality. I look forward to continuing to work together to grow our audience and deliver more compelling news and remarkable stories that inform, educate and inspire audiences across America.”

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