Morris And DirecTV Reach Retrans Deal

Morris Network, which owns and operates six network affiliates, and DirecTV have renewed their retransmission consent agreement. The stations are: WMGT Macon, Ga.; WTVQ Lexington, Ky.; WCBI Columbus, Miss.; WXXV Gulfport, Miss.; WWAY Wilmington, N.C.; and WDEF Chattanooga, Tenn.

CoreMedia Integrates Nielsen Ratings For DirecTV

DirecTV Plans To Cut Spending, Hiring

DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will cut back on spending in 2012 to prepare for any slowdown in the economy, CEO Michael White said. “We’re tightening our belts in terms of spending,” White says. “We’ll cut back on overhead, hiring and programming.”

NFL Sunday Ticket Is Big Draw For DirecTV

The statllite TV service added a net 327,000 U.S. subscribers in the July to September period, the best third-quarter result in at least five years. Including Latin American operations, net gains were 901,000, the best for any quarter. Average revenue per U.S. user was $92.21 per month, a modest increase of 3.6% from a year ago.

DirecTV To Double The Size Of Its Headquarters

DirecTV, Belo Strike Last-Minute Retrans Deal

DirecTV is demonstrating the negotiating power that comes with having more than 19 million pay TV subscribers. After striking a broad carriage deal with Fox Networks Group, the satellite TV provider has also managed to keep distributing TV stations owned by Belo Corp. after the broadcaster threatened to pull its feeds from DirecTV.

Fox, DirecTV Reach Carriage Deal

Fox Networks and DirecTV announced Monday evening that they reached an agreement for DirecTV to continue carrying all Fox networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes), Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting, the Fox local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The joint statement said: “We both know the past 10 days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

CARRIAGE WARS

DirecTV Takes News Corp. Fight To FCC

The two sides are at odds over a new distribution agreement that would keep News Corp.-owned cable channels including FX on DirecTV. If an agreement is not reached by Nov. 1, DirecTV has said it will stop carrying the channels. In a letter to the FCC, DirecTV took issue with some of the advertisements News Corp.’s Fox has run to alert people to the dispute. Specifically, DirecTV accused the company of misleading consumers.

Jenna Elfman Joins DirecTV’s ‘Damages’

CARRIAGE WARS

Fox Ramps Up Its DirecTV Carriage War

A full-page ad in Sunday’s L.A. Times warns Trojans, Bruins and Kings fans their teams could soon be off the air. Similar ads in other markets with NFL teams warned fans that they could soon be without pro football.

CARRIAGE WARS

DirecTV Threatens To Pull Fox Networks

DirecTV has told Fox Networks that it will drop the channels Nov. 1 if the two companies don’t come to an agreement in the ongoing carriage dispute.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Vigilance Is Vital To Hanging On To Retrans

While the FCC’s desire to get back TV spectrum from stations is grabbing a lot of attention, there’s another issue that shouldn’t fall under the industry’s radar. The attempt by cable and satellite operators to get the commission to change the retransmission consent rules to decrease the broadcasters’ leverage. This second revenue stream is vital and is growing more important each year. This is a dangerous proceeding. If broadcasters don’t pay enough attention, all their spread sheets showing steadily rising retrans revenue over the next decade could suddenly become moot.

TWC, DirecTV Team To Lobby FCC On Retrans

Rival distributors Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcaster DirecTV teamed up to make their case to the FCC for an overhaul the agency’s retransmission consent rules. Representatives of the two companies met with FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Robert McDowell on Wednesday to discuss the tensions that have arisen over the last few years between broadcasters and multichannel video program distributor over fees broadcasters want in return for carriage of their programming.

DirecTV’s Nomad To Link DVR With iPad

DirecTV is nearing the launch of Nomad, a product that will allow customers to transfer programming captured on an HD DVR to mobile devices and view it outside the home.

Social TV Plugs In To DirecTV

Social TV startup Miso wants to know what you’re watching—and it may have found the perfect way to find out, through a just-announced partnership with DirecTV. Now, if you’re a DirecTV subscriber and you want want to tell your friends that you’re watching Doctor Who, you don’t have to search through a long list of shows and episodes. Instead, once you’ve synced up Miso with your DirecTV system, the app automatically displays what you’re watching, and you can check-in by just pressing a button.

DirecTV Expands Fantasy Offerings

DirecTV is looking to boost appeal for its Sunday Ticket product among devoted fantasy football players, offering live updates in partnership with the NFL. Access to its Sunday Ticket To-Go package will be expanded to a slew of devices, including the iPad.

DirectTV Wins Round 1 Against Comcast

A federal judge has denied Comcast’s request for a temporary restraining order against DirecTV ads promoting its popular NFL Sunday Ticket package.

Comcast Sues DirecTV Over NFL Ads

Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, has sued pay TV rival DirecTV, accusing it of misleading consumers by promising “free” broadcasts of National Football League games.

QUARTERLY REPORT

DirecTV Grows 2Q Net Income By 29%

The nation’s second-biggest provider of pay-TV services said today that its net income rose to $701 million, or 91 cents per share. That’s up from $543 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier. Its revenue grew 13 percent to $6.6 billion from $5.85 billion.

Nielsen, Kantar In Deal For DirecTV STB Data

Looking for greater access to valuable set-top box data for its local TV research products, Nielsen has made a multi-year deal with Kantar Media for its consumer viewing data from DirecTV set-top boxes. Nielsen will use Kantar Media’s DirecTView service in local TV audience measurement.

Invidi Raises $49M, Puts Software In DirecTV DVRs

DirecTV To Launch Premium VOD In April

Titles from Warner Bros., Fox, Universal and will be available 60 days after their theatrical release for $29.99; Comcast and VUDU will begin a similar service.

DirecTV To Launch Premium VOD Option

DirecTV is in advanced talks to be Hollywood’s first partner for early video-on-demand, a plan that is putting it in the cross hairs of the nation’s top theater chains. Consumers would pay about $30 to rent a movie via the Internet or cable 60 days after it opened in theaters and at least a month before it would become available on DVD.

DirecTV Hopeful For Retrans Reform

With the FCC expected to discuss retransmission consent reform at its scheduled March 3 open meeting, DirecTV Chairman-CEO Mike White told analysts Wednesday he is hopeful change will come.

QUARTERLY REPORT

DirecTV Profit Beats Street; Shares Rise

DirecTV Gives FX’s Canceled ‘Damages’ New Life

DirecTV Rates To Rise This Year

RETRANS WARS (UPDATED JAN. 2)

DirecTV Losing Fox Affils In Four Markets

Following a breakdown in retrans renewal negotiations with Northwest Broadcasting, DirecTV will be dropping at midnight the Northwest Fox affiliates in Yakima and Spokane, both Washington; KMVU Medford, Ore.; and Binghamton, N.Y. DirecTV CEO Mike White claims Northwest is asking for a 600% increase in fees.

Hearst And DirecTV Set Retrans Agreement

Hearst Television announced Thursday afternoon that a new carriage agreement was reached Wednesday with DirecTV. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hearst’s 29 stations have been notifying viewers for three weeks that negotiations were underway with DirecTV for renewal of the existing carriage agreement that expires Dec. 31.

DirecTV To Raise Rates 4% In 2011

DirecTV, SMG To Sell Adressable Ads

DirecTV has an agreement with Starcom MediaVest Group, which plans to sell household-addressable ads for the No. 1 satellite TV operator that will be delivered to 10 million subscribers with DVRs, based on demographic data and other criteria.

DirecTV Resolves Charges Of Misleading Ads

DirecTV has resolved charges of misleading advertising and has agreed to pay state governments $13.25 million in addition to reimbursing customers who file claims. Wednesday’s settlement ended complaints brought by attorneys general in all 50 states.

RETRANS WARS

Hearst Warns Of DirecTV Blackout

Hearst Television Inc., parent company 29 TV stations around the country, is warning viewers that the station’s signal could go dark for DirecTV subscribers on Jan. 1. Hearst delivered an e-mail to local media outlets Saturday laying out the latest in a series of publicly contested transmission-rights battles.

Program Costs Push DirecTV Prices Higher

DirecTV’s prices are going up, thanks to higher programming costs. With the satellite operator paying more to carry local stations and sports networks, customers will bear some of the brunt, a company executive said Tuesday.

DirecTV May Drop Smaller, Less Popular Nets

DirecTV executives said Thursday that they will look to fight continued program fee increases, in part by dropping smaller, less popular channels as the company recently did with Comcast’s G4 network. They also discuss other key issues such as possible a la carte pricing, an emerging premium VOD release window for movies and the future of retransmission consent payments to broadcasters.

DirecTV To Add Over 200,000 U.S. Subs In 4Q

DirecTV Group expects to add significantly in excess of 200,000 net new subscribers in the United States in the current quarter, Chief Executive Mike White said today. The company is on course to have more than 19.1 million subs by year-end, closing in on Comcast Corp’s shrinking leadership in the U.S. pay TV sector, White said at DirecTV’s Investor Day.