DirecTV Settles Al Jazeera Suit

Terms Not Disclosed, But Likely Part of New Carriage Deal

DirecTV has reached a settlement with Al Jazeera on its one-year-old lawsuit against the programmer in a deal that is likely part of a broader carriage agreement.

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

According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, DirecTV first sued Al Jazeera in July 2014, alleging that Al Jazeera violated the “most favored nation” clause in its carriage deal by giving other distributors better deals. Specifically, DirecTV pointed to Time Warner Cable’s termination of the network shortly after Al Jazeera purchased Current TV and then negotiated a deal to carry Al Jazeera America (Al Jazeera’s new name for Current) at more favorable terms.  Because those new rates weren’t offered to its other larger distributors, DirecTV claimed the network violated the agreement.

Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.