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.”