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Woman Whose DirecTV Faltered During Flight Sues for $5M

United Airlines didn't tell Cary David $8 service doesn't work over water: lawsuit

(Newser) - On Feb. 21, Cary David paid $7.99, settled back into her seat on a four-hour United Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, NJ, and got ready to watch some DirecTV programming to pass the time. Except that DirecTV and WiFi services don't work outside the continental US... More »

AT&T Agrees to Buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

Acquisition would create 2nd-biggest US pay TV operator

(Newser) - AT&T Inc. today agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February. AT&T'... More »

AT&T Eyes $50B Play for DirecTV

Deal may complicate Comcast merger

(Newser) - AT&T is in active talks to buy DirecTV for around $50 billion, multiple outlets are reporting, with the deal potentially coming in a matter of weeks. The move could have implications for Comcast's purchase of Time Warner, because anti-regulators may want to look at both deals together, the... More »

Phew! Stewart, SpongeBob Return to DirecTV

Viacom settles dispute with provider

(Newser) - DirectTV subscribers who want their MTV, SpongeBob SquarePants, or comedian Jon Stewart are getting their wish. Viacom and the satellite TV service provider said today that they have settled a dispute that had cut off access to 17 Viacom channels for DirectTV subscribers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.... More »

Sheen Is Back, With 2 Awesome Ads

Charlie shills for Fiat, DirecTV

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's "episode" really is over : He returns to the small screen in two commercials AdWeek dubs "great," though both of them do poke fun at the "winning" tiger-blood drinker . In the first ad, Sheen touts the fun of house arrest—when you're an... More »

Google, DirecTV Team on TV Search Option

Viewers can look for shows on satellite service, web videos

(Newser) - Google and DirecTV are testing a service in which viewers can search for programs from the satellite provider or Internet videos, using a keyboard and a set-top box that runs Google software. Only company employees are using the equipment, sources tell the Wall Street Journal —which points out that... More »

2010 Will Be the Year of 3D TV

Ready or not, there's a new wave of high-end sets coming

(Newser) - Ready or not, 3D TV is coming this year, with every major television manufacturer planning to unveil a 3D set at today's Consumer Electronics Show. DirecTV is also expected to announce some 3D channel offerings on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that ESPN plans to launch a 3D network... More »

Spade Got $200K for Farley Ad

Controversial DirecTV commercial is a 'tribute,' reps insist

(Newser) - Why did David Spade agree to the recent DirecTV ad that uses a scene from Tommy Boy, starring his departed costar Chris Farley? "To honor Chris's memory," his publicist tells the New York Post —but the $200,000 sources say Spade was paid probably didn't hurt.... More »

Cable, Satellite Providers Push Pay-Per-View Porn

(Newser) - Times are tough, and for cable and satellite TV companies, that means—more porn. Comcast is following DirecTV's lead and ramping up advertising for adult pay-per-view channels, reports Advertising Age. The spots will generally run on guy channels such as Spike TV and ESPN in the wee hours. Meanwhile, the... More »

New Media Make CBS' $6B NCAA Deal a Slam Dunk

'Crazy' contract could prove savvy

(Newser) - In 1999, CBS’ $6 billion, 11-year pact with the NCAA for rights to the men’s basketball tournament looked drastically overpriced to many analysts. But with Selection Sunday this weekend, the deal doesn’t seem so crazy, thanks to a prescient addition: new-media rights. CBS has nearly sold out its... More »

Sirius Seeks White Knight

Facing massive debt and under siege by a rival, company turns to Liberty Media for help

(Newser) - With $175 million in debt due Tuesday and an unwanted takeover in the offing, Sirius XM Radio is hoping for help from Liberty Media, reports the Wall Street Journal. The satellite radio company is more than $3.25 billion in debt and nearly cashless, yet remains steadfast in its efforts... More »

Football Goes Mobile on Sprint Phones Tonight

NFL games head to tiny screen

(Newser) - Sprint is about to score big with football fans with the first-ever live broadcast of an NFL game on mobile phones. The debut phone-cast will be tonight's Cleveland Browns showdown with the Denver Broncos. Eight more games from the NFL television network will be available over 7 weeks as part... More »

Murdoch's News Corp. Triples Profit

Media conglomerate earns $2.7B, thanks mainly to DirecTV deal

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate tripled its profit last quarter on improved results from its cable and broadcast networks and the sale of DirecTV, MarketWatch reports. News Corp. earned $2.7 billion, or 91 cents a share, up from $871 million, or 27 cents a share, in the same quarter last... More »

Competition for Cable Customers Turns Nasty

The cable wars turn nasty as telcos fight for a beachhead

(Newser) - The battle for a larger share of TV customers has taken a nasty turn as companies like Time Warner, DirecTV, and Verizon hone ad campaigns highlighting rivals' shortcomings, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's not the first time operators have taken shots at each other, but it signals a ramping-up... More »

DirecTV to Get With Times, Add On-Demand

Satellite service will combine DVR, web streaming to deliver it

(Newser) - Challenged by cable and phone-company competitors, DirecTV will offer video-on-demand for the first time, a combination of DVR and broadband-connected content with significant limitations. Because the biggest satellite-TV provider doesn’t use terrestrial connections, it’s been long unable to offer instant play options. Its new plan will store some... More »

Liberty Looks to Leverage DirecTV Deal

In for a tough battle with better positioned telcos, cable companies

(Newser) - Closing Liberty Media’s $12 billion deal for a 41% share of DirecTV took more than a year, but positioning the satellite-TV service to rival telcos and cable companies offering triple-play packages of TV, phone, and broadband could be a bigger test, reports the Wall Street Journal today. The deal... More »

Comcast, TiVo Team Up in Boston

National service will roll out later

(Newser) - TiVo and Comcast have rolled out their promised joint service in the Boston area, with national distribution to follow. The service sends TiVo software to Comcast-provided digital video recorders in a first that TiVo hopes to repeat with other cable providers, USA Today reports. TiVo lost hundreds of thousands of... More »

Comcast's Growth Slows

Company falls short of several key metrics due to 'challenging economic environment'

(Newser) - Comcast believes its business will fall short of predictions as a declining economy and strengthened competitors slow the cable giant’s growth. The Wall Street Journal reports the firm will add 500K fewer subscribers than it had previously expected, and expects to pay out 5% more in capital spending than... More »

DirecTV HD Rollout Forces Cable to Respond

(Newser) - DirecTV is turning up the heat on the HDTV competition, claiming it will offer 100 hi-def channels by the end of the year, while current technology limits many cable companies to no more than 20-30. With 55 HD channels already available on the satellite provider, some competitors are trying to... More »

Cubans Ignore Static on Illegal TV

Even committed commies crave US satellite shows despite Castro ban

(Newser) - Cubans are turning to black-market satellite TV to watch soap operas, US news and music videos, and even the Chicago White Sox—in defiance of a national ban on the programs, the Christian Science Monitor reports. "If there is censorship, there is business," said one  provider who faces... More »

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