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Peace deal at Al-Jazeera v DirecTV

September 7, 2015

By Chris Forrester

Al-Jazeera America (AJA) and DirecTV have reached a carriage agreement and at the same time settled at $74.5 million lawsuit between the pair.

The squabble started back in July 2014 with allegations that AJA breached a clause in its carriage agreement with DirecTV by giving better terms with other distributors (notably Time-Warner Cable).

AJA then counter-sued alleging that DirecTV was declining to pay out fees, and was holding onto cash due to AJA.

In a statement, a DirecTV spokesperson says, “We’re pleased to have settled the MFN violation lawsuit with Al Jazeera America and ensure that our customers receive a fair deal. Al Jazeera America continues to be available on the DirecTV and U-Verse platforms.”

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