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Monthly Archives: March 2015

FTC Files Lawsuit Against DirecTV for False Advertising

According to DirecTV’s annual report to investors the company made an attempt to settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission concerning false advertising practices. The FTC declined the settlement though and went ahead with filing a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from DirecTV for their actions.

The lawsuit filed by the FTC in federal court claims that DirecTV’s one year discounted rate plans do not let the customer know that they require a two year contract. The lawsuit also claims that the customer is not made aware about the huge increase in the monthly price that occurs after the 12 month discounted rate period ends. After this period has ended, customer bills increase as much as $45.00 per month.

The FTC also points out in their lawsuit that once the contract begins, it will cost a customer $480.00 in early termination fees to cancel the contract. People are only made aware of the price increase after the contract begins, and they are also not made aware of the early termination fee until after signing up. Both of these practices are considered illegal and entrapping by DirecTV because of the false nature of their advertisements concerning this promotional offer.

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to get a federal judge to sign a court order that would permanently stop DirecTV from using these illegal and immoral business practices. The FTC’s lawsuit is also seeking the courts to hand down a sizeable financial penalty that can be used to refund DirecTV customers. The government also realizes that one way to ensure a large corporation discontinues these types of practices is to hurt them where they truly notice it, their bank accounts.

22 More Channels Added to DirecTV Out of Home Streaming Line Up

DIRECTV has announced that it has added another 22 channels of content for customers to stream on devices when not at home. This streaming service allows customers to watch channels online, when not at home in front of their TVs. These can be watched on smart phones, tablets, or even laptops when on the go.

The new channels offered brings DIRECTV’s lineup total to almost 90 channels of content. Their offerings now include  TruTV, the Smithsonian Channel,  Cartoon Network, TCM, MTV and MTV 2, CMT, CNN, Galavision, HLN, , Nickelodeon, OWN, Palladia, Spike TV, BET, TBS, TNT, TV Land, UniMas, Comedy Central, Univision and VH 1.

Customers can use the DIRECTV Mobile app, or they can use the DIRECTV.com website and access content by signing in with their username and password. DIRECTV offers 120 channels of streaming content available in the home, if the customer’s receiver is connected to the internet. While there is some overlap in the content offered for in home and out of home streaming, not all channels offered in home is available for on the go users at this time.

DIRECTV has stated that they are working on increasing the number of channels of content available for out of home users, and more announcements concerning this will be made when they become available to the public.

NCAA Partners with Google’s Youtube for a March Madness Channel

It was announced by Google that the NCAA has started a Youtube Channel for the upcoming March Madness season. The newly unveiled channel will show game highlights, commentary, live press conferences before and after the games, game analysis, and even archival footage from past tournaments.

Live viewing of the games will be the same as in past years, where you can watch them on a variety of channels including but not limited to CBS, TNT, TBS and even some games on TruTV.

Want to see the new channel? Click the link below.


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