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Knowledge Identifier: &DirecTV



American direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster based in El Segundo, California add

Category: Business (999)

Founded in 1990.

Countries: United States (75%), (13%), New Zealand (1%)

Main connections: AT&T, Dish Network, DirecTV Now

Linked to: CBS, Comcast, American Broadcasting Company, Fox Broadcasting Company




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PBS - Launched in 1993, PBS Kids is the brand for children's programs aired by PBS. The PBS Kids network, which was established in 1999 and ran for seven years, was largely funded by DirecTV


Bloomberg News - It was introduced in 1994 as a subscription service transmitted on satellite television provider DirecTV, 13 hours a day, 7 days a week


Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States and Latin America add something


On June 17, 1994, the U.S. and DirecTV programming services were launched add something


Coke Zero 400 - For the 1995 Pepsi 400 and Southern 500, ESPN ran what was a bit of prelude to DirecTV's Hotpass


In 1997, GM spun off Delco Electronics from Hughes and transferred it to Delphi Automotive Systems add something


HBO - HBO HD is available on Cox Communications, DirecTV, &Charter_Communications, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, Comcast, AT&T U-verse, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and several other major cable providers, although few providers offer all seven multiplex channels in HD. The main channel first began broadcasting in high definition on March 6, 1999


Discovery People - For DirecTV customers, the channel was replaced by Discovery Health on December 1, 1999


TiVo - In late 2000, Philips Electronics introduced the DSR6000, the first & DirecTV receiver with an integrated TiVo DVR. This new device, nicknamed the "DirecTiVo," stored digital signals sent from DirecTV directly onto a hard disk


TiVo, Inc. - In late 2000, Philips Electronics introduced the DSR6000, the first DirecTV receiver with an integrated TiVo DVR. This new device, nicknamed the DirecTiVo, stored digital signals sent from DirecTV directly onto a hard disk


JetBlue - In April 2000, flat-screen monitors installed in every seatback allow customers live access to over 20 DIRECTV channels at no additional cost


In September 2000, GM executives, under pressure from GM's shareholders as a result of its poor performance and the substantially greater market worth of Hughes, authorized Hughes executives to begin seeking buyers add something


One infamous event that temporarily hampered pirates was known as 'Black Sunday', which took place one week before Super Bowl Sunday in 2001 add something


Frontier Airlines - The airline took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and simultaneously launched with it DirecTV in-flight television along with a new company livery


However, the deal attracted significant opposition from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission due to antitrust concerns, leading the two companies to withdraw the agreement in December 2002 add something


Chase Carey - Carey had already served on the DirecTV board of directors, and in 2003, Carey was chosen as DirecTV CEO.


Hughes Aircraft Company - In 2003 the remaining parts of Hughes Electronics: DirecTV, DirecTV Latin America, PanAmSat and Hughes Network Systems were purchased by NewsCorp from GM and renamed The DirecTV Group


The SEC voted 3-2 along party lines on December 19, 2003 to approve the deal subject to conditions, forcing News Corp. to agree to arbitration for all disputes with carriers of its media broadcasters, and to provide content through DirecTV neutrally rather than favoring its own networks add something


TVGN - DirecTV did not begin carrying the TV Guide Channel until 2004, and began carrying it in an entirely full-screen format in 2005


North State Communications - In 2004, North State began offering DirecTV digital satellite TV


In February 2004, Hughes announced its intent to focus solely on its satellite television operations and divest its other interests, renaming itself The DirecTV Group, Inc. on March 16, 2004 and changing its ticker symbol from "HS" to "DTV" add something


Game Lounge had been around since 2005 add something


In late 2005, DirecTV began providing local HDTV channels to the largest markets, requiring newer receivers with a larger dish capable of receiving signals from up to five satellites at once add something


NRB Network - Created in 2005, the network can only be seen on a DirecTV cable package


TiVo - In 2005 DirecTV stopped marketing recorders powered by TiVo and focused on its own DVR line developed by its business units


On November 15, 2005, DirecTV stopped carrying Music Choice audio-only channels, replacing it with 73 channels of XM Satellite Radio add something


Beginning in 2006, DirecTV began a series of commercials in which characters from popular movies and television shows break the fourth wall to tout the service's picture quality and the number of channels available in high definition add something


Mark Cameron Wystrach - A native of Tucson, Arizona, he played the role of Nicholas Foxworth "Fox" Crane on the popular NBC soap opera "Passions" from 2006-2007 before the show moved to DirecTV in September 2007


Chase Carey - In 2006, News Corporation sold its controlling interest in DirecTV to Liberty Media, in exchange for News Corp shares


Oxygen (TV channel) - Oxygen has been available on DirecTV for many years, and arrived on Dish Network in early 2006 during that provider's carriage conflict with Lifetime


Ion Television - However, DirecTV and Ion Media Networks reached a new carriage agreement in May 2006


TiVo - On 8 July 2006, DirecTV announced an upgrade to version 6,3 on all remaining HR10-250 DirecTiVo receivers, the first major upgrade since this unit was released


TiVo digital video recorders - On July 8, 2006, DirecTV announced an upgrade to version 6,3 of the TiVo software for the HR10-250, the first major upgrade since this unit was released


Portland Trail Blazers - A television deal signed with Comcast SportsNet in 2007 has been criticized for not ensuring access to Blazer games via cable company Charter, as well as satellite television providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network, both of which compete with Comcast's cable television operations


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - In October, the company launched MGM HD on DirecTV, offering a library of movies formatted in Hi Def. Also in 2007, MGM sold its distribution rights for countries outside of the United States to 20th Century Fox


Ben Masters - "Passions" was later picked up by Directv for the 2007-2008 season


On January 9, 2007, DirecTV announced that they would introduce up to 100 national HD channels during 2007, all of which would be MPEG-4 encoded add something


Lifetime Real Women - Although offered originally on DirecTV, the company dropped it in July 2007


CNN - DirecTV was the first provider to carry it, adding it mid-September 2007


Heidi Mueller - She continued in the role when the series switched to DirecTV on September 17, 2007


The DirecTV blimp launched in October 2007 at the MLB World Series in Boston and has been seen all over the United States since its inception add something


TiVo digital video recorders - In October 2007, & DirecTV sent a message to all DirecTV TiVo R10 and HR10 users saying that they will be applying numerous features to the DirecTiVo


Syfy - A high definition version of the channel launched on October 3, 2007 on DirecTV


On October 15, 2007, DirecTV announced that they had 70 national high-definition channels available, with up to 100 coming by year end add something


FX (TV channel) - On October 15, 2007 a high definition feed was launched on DirecTV and many U.S. cable providers


IndyCar Series - For the 2008 season, & DirecTV served as a presenting sponsor, and the series was briefly advertised as the "IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD"


Kyle Chandler - Starting with the third season in 2008, first-run episodes of the show broadcast on DirecTV satellite channel The 101 Network before being repeated on NBC, and the final season ended in 2011


NASDAQ-100 - On April 30, 2008 The DirecTV Group replaced BEA Systems before the market open


Doordarshan - Transmissions via Sky Digital ceased in June 2008 and those via DirecTV in the United States in July 2008


In August 2008, "The Boston Globe" reported that DirecTV received 20,000 complaints in less than three years to the Better Business Bureau on DirecTV slipping in cancellation fees add something


In September 2008, consumers filed a class action lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court to stop DirecTV's practice of charging early cancellation penalties to subscribers add something


TiVo - In September 2008, & DirecTV and TiVo announced that they have extended their current agreement, which includes the development, marketing and distribution of a new HD DIRECTV DVR featuring the TiVo service, as well as the extension of mutual intellectual property arrangements


DirecTV and TiVo announced on September 3, 2008, that they will work together to develop a version of the TiVo service for DirecTV's broadband-enabled HD DVR platform add something


On October 3, 2008, DirecTV announced that it would offer HD local channels in 121 markets by year end add something


Fox News Channel - On Friday, October 17, 2008 at 6 am ET, DirecTV launched the high-definition channel


Originally slated for release in the second half of 2009, it is now available in select markets add something


Lou Piniella - In 2009, Piniella did a commercial for DirecTV


Comedy Central - DirecTV added the HD version on January 21, 2009, followed by Dish Network on April 9


Cavalier Telephone - Cavalier partnered with DirecTV in March 2009 and is offering discounted rates on satellite television service


Oz (TV series) - On April 21, 2009, "Variety" announced that starting May 31, DirecTV will broadcast all 56 episodes in their original form without commercials and in up-scaled "high definition" on The 101 Network available to all subscribers


Liberty Media - On May 4, 2009, Liberty announced that it would split off Liberty Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty owning the three FNC channels acquired under the swap with News Corp. and Liberty's sixty-five percent interest in GSN, into a separate company that would merge with The DirecTV Group, reducing Liberty owner John Malone's stake in DirecTV to twenty-four percent


Liberty Media - On May 4, 2009, The DirecTV Group Inc. said it would become a part of Liberty's entertainment unit, part of which would be spun off as a separate company called DirecTV. The new company would acquire Liberty's one hundred percent interests in the three FSN networks and its fifty percent interest in GSN


ESPNU - Also on May 19, 2009, a new carriage agreement with DirecTV was reached


Jo Garcia - In August 2009, Garcia was the floor correspondent for Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon 2009, performing interviews and demonstrations from the show floor for the DirecTV pay per view feed


On August 18, 2009, DirecTV informed its customers that it would drop Versus after August 31, 2009 if a new carriage agreement wasn't made with the network's owners Comcast add something


Megan Hauserman - The program was released on DirecTV on September 1, 2009


The Weather Channel - DirecTV added Local on the 8's to its HD feed on September 29, 2009


Tony Bruno - On October 22, 2009, The Content Factory made it official that Tony Bruno's program was being sold to DirecTV


Liberty Media - The merger was completed on November 19, 2009, with The DirecTV Group and Liberty Entertainment becoming subsidiaries of a new company named DirecTV.


On December 14, 2009 the Washington Attorney General's office filed a civil complaint against DirecTV seeking injunctive and other relief add something


TBN Enlace USA - On December 16, 2009, DirecTV in the United States began carrying Enlace on channel 448, making it available as part of its various English, Spanish and international packages


On Feb 9, 2010, DirecTV dropped Sirius XM Radio and replaced the channel lineup with Sonic Tap audio stations add something


Coke Zero 400 - In 2010, the race was broadcast in 3-D on and DirecTV


Free Speech TV - The network secured a national channel on DIRECTV in 2010; piloted its first OTT channel, on Roku, in 2011; and launched fulltime cable channels in Burlington, VT, and Ashland, OR, in 2012


Alex Trebek - Trebek appears in many Colonial Penn Life Insurance commercials, and reprised his role as host of "To Tell the Truth" in a 2010 advertisement for DirecTV


Brotherhood (2006 TV series) - American satellite television provider DirecTV rebroadcast the series beginning in February 2010


Beginning in March 2010, they did a spoof of the classic game show "To Tell The Truth" with Alex Trebek hosting the show add something


ESPNU - DirecTV added the HD channel on May 19, 2010


Hallmark Movie Channel - DirecTV added the channel for the first time in HD only on May 19, 2010


Liberty Media - On June 16, 2010, Malone exchanged his preferred stock in DirecTV with equivalent amounts of common stock, reducing his voting interest in the company from twenty-four percent to three percent, with Malone resigning as chairman and ending his managerial role at DirecTV.


Hallmark Channel - DirecTV added the HD channel to their lineup on June 23, 2010


In August 2010, the BBB reported that it had received 39,000 complaints against Directv in the previous 3 years, and the BBB gave it an F grade add something


Jane's Addiction - On September 25, 2010, Jane's Addiction performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV


DirecTV announced that it was removing G4 from its lineup on November 1, 2010 add something


The case was settled in December 2010, with Directv agreeing to pay over one million dollars, and to correct many of its business practices add something


MHz WorldView - However, on 1 December 2010, the switch to IPTV distribution caused an outage of the network via DirecTV distribution which had derived its signal from the Galaxy 19 feed


MHz WorldView - As of 23 December 2010, the network has re-established a link and carriage has been restored for DirecTV subscribers


CNBC World - At the end of 2011, Dish Network permanently stopped carrying the channel, giving DirecTV satellite exclusivity


On March 31, 2011, the first day of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, New York City based regional sports network YES Network informed DirecTV customers of a pending carriage dispute, which would have resulted in a loss of the channel beginning April 2 add something


After a week of good faith negotiations and a temporary agreement that allowed the channel to remain on DirecTV for another six days, a new long-term carriage agreement was reached on April 7, 2011 with no interruption of service add something


Peter Frampton - On 11 June 2011, Frampton performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV


Rodrigo y Gabriela - On July 9, 2011, Rodrigo Y Gabriela performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV


In August 2011, Deion Sanders began appearing in DirecTV's ads for NFL Sunday Ticket, urging people to switch from cable add something


PlayStation 3 - In August 2011, Sony in partnership with DirecTV added NFL Sunday Ticket


In response, on August 4, 2011, Comcast sued DirecTV for false advertising add something


Comcast dropped the case on August 19, 2011 after DirecTV altered the ads to remove the word "free", changing it to "at no extra charge" add something


On October 19, 2011, DirecTV informed its customers it may remove the News Corporation-owned channels &FX (FX_(TV_channel)), National Geographic Channel, Speed, MundoFox, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Deportes, BabyTV and the 19 Fox Sports Net channels on November 1 if a new carriage agreement wasn't reached by that date add something


The dispute was resolved on October 31, 2011, with no losses of any channels add something


It was finally released on December 6, 2011 add something


June 28, 2012, after an agreement was reached add something


On April 1, 2012, DirecTV lost Tribune Broadcasting-owned stations in 19 markets as well as cable channel WGN America since a new carriage deal wasn't reached by midnight on March 31 add something


Viacom - On July 10, 2012, during contract negotiations over raising carrier rates the U.S. satellite TV provider, DirecTV's executives approached Viacom with a new proposal and a request to continue broadcasting 17 of Viacom's television networks during talks, but received no response and thus Viacom ceased transmission to DirecTV's 20 million subscribers


On July 11, 2012, in a counter response to DirecTV advising its subscribers to view original programming from the affected networks online, Viacom pulled recent episodes of programs from its networks from company-owned websites add something


DirecTV and Viacom reached a seven-year agreement in the early morning hours of July 20, 2012, and Viacom channels were restored to DirecTV subscribers add something


The Killing (U.S. TV series) - In August 2012, it was revealed that Fox Television Studios was in talks with both DirecTV and Netflix in an attempt to revive the series


DIY Network - DirecTV added DIY HD on September 19, 2012


University of Georgia - At the beginning of October 2012, the station became available to DirecTV viewers in and around metro Atlanta


It has contract with two contractors for two additional satellites to be launched in 2013 and 2014 add something


On Mar 5, 2013, DirecTV dropped Game Lounge, the service that allows users to play games on their TVs add something


Justin Timberlake - After four years not performing in concert, Timberlake appeared the night before the 2013 Super Bowl and performed during the "DirecTV Super Saturday Night", on February 2 in New Orleans


LifeShield Home Security - DirecTV acquired LifeShield in 2013 with the intention of marketing home security to its subscriber base


Kate Walsh (actress) - In 2013 Walsh appeared in "Full Circle", a 10-episode ensemble drama series created by Neil LaBute and airing on DirecTV's Audience Network channel


On February 18, 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that they were involved in a carriage dispute with DirecTV. This dispute was solved with the two companies making a deal on February 28, 2013 add something


Skylar Grey - On March 8, 2013, Grey performed a six song set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV


Bloomberg Television - In mid-April 2013, DIRECTV started carrying Bloomberg HD.


MAVTV - DirecTV added MAVTV on June 10, 2013


DOGTV - On August 1, 2013, DirecTV started broadcasting DOGTV on channel 354


QVC - On August 22, 2013, QVC launched a timeshift channel called QVC Plus , made available initially on cable provider Bright House Networks and satellite provider DirecTV, which broadcasts the channel's programming on a three-hour tape delay


CBGB (film) - "'CBGB"' premiered on DirecTV's video on demand platform "DirecTV Cinema" on September 5, 2013, and was available through October 2, 2013, in standard and high-definition formats


Pac-12 Network - As of September 7, 2013, the Pac-12 Network has not yet signed carriage deals with DirecTV, &Charter_Communications and Verizon FiOS


Artie Lange - Artie announced on his show on April 28th, 2014 that DirecTV has cancelled the show and that this will be the last show


Kiele Sanchez - Sanchez currently stars in the DirecTV drama series "Kingdom" which premiered on the Audience Network in the fall of 2014


Frank Grillo - Since 2014, Grillo has starred in the DirecTV drama series "Kingdom" as MMA Alvey Kulina alongside Nick Jonas and Jonathan Tucker


El Rey (network) - The channel was added to DirecTV lineups on January 1, 2014


On January 14, 2014, DirecTV announced that The Weather Channel has been removed from its channel lineup, due to a carriage dispute over pricing and public safety issues add something


The Inspiration Network - DirecTV removed INSP from its lineup on February 1, 2014 following INSP's decision not to purchase airtime after that date


Drunk in Love - On February 1, 2014, the couple performed the song again during Jay Z's performance at the DirecTv pre-Super Bowl party


On April 8, 2014, TWC has been added back to the channel lineup, due to a compromise add something


The Weather Channel - On April 8, 2014, The Weather Channel and & DirecTV both settled on a new agreement , with TWC returning to DirecTV on channel 362 the following day


Artie Lange - Lange announced on April 28, 2014 that DirecTV cancelled "The Artie Lange Show"


On May 1, 2014, AT&T Inc. and DirecTV announced that both companies were in exploratory talks about a potential sale of the satellite broadcaster to the telecommunications corporation add something


AT&T - On May 18, 2014, AT&T announced it had agreed to purchase DirecTV


On July 23, 2014, DirecTV announced it was in a carriage dispute with Milton, Delaware-based Draper Holdings, owner of local CBS affiliate WBOC-TV and its sister channel Fox 21 Delmarva add something


If Draper and DirecTV can't reach a fair deal before July 31, 2014, DirecTV would no longer be permitted to carry Draper Holding's stations add something


On September 1, 2014, DirecTV lost Raycom Media-owned stations in any markets as well as FOX affiliate WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana, & NBC affiliate WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama, and NBC affiliate WFIE in Evansville, Indiana since a new carriage deal wasn't reached by midnight on August 31, 2014 add something


On September 8, 2014, both DirecTV and Raycom Media reached an agreement in principle with DirecTV subscribers having their favorite Raycom Media stations returned to the air in approximately 2 hours after the agreement was announced add something


On November 13, 2014, DirecTV announced that, beginning November 14, 2014, it would become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers' televisions add something


As for G4 itself, the channel ended all operations on November 30, 2014 add something


Guitar Center - To celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary, Guitar Center asked Linkin Park to play a show on October 24, the performance first aired on DirecTV on December 5, 2014


Longhorn Network - On December 23, 2014, DirecTV announced a long-term, wide-ranging distribution agreement with Disney that includes the carriage of Longhorn Network


The dispute was never resolved, and the channel ended all operations on December 31, 2014 add something


Jemaine Clement - In 2015, he voiced a horse in two DirecTV commercials


Longhorn Network - Longhorn Network will launch on DirecTV in January 2015


Longhorn Network - Longhorn Network launched on DirecTV on January 21, 2015 as a regional sports network on the choice pack in the southwest and sports pack everywhere else


On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against DirecTV for deceptive advertising add something


Slow West - On March 24, 2015, it was announced that the film would be released early on DirecTV Cinema on April 16, 2015 before being released theatrically in United States on May 15, 2015 along with film, first official trailer and poster


Rob Lowe - The advertisements were pulled in April 2015 after the National Advertising Division, acting on a complaint by Comcast, found DirecTV's claims about its customer satisfaction, quality and ranking to be less than truthful


As of July 2015, it is a subsidiary of AT&T add something


The merger was approved by the FCC on July 24, 2015; it is subject to conditions for four years, requiring AT&T to expand its fiberoptic broadband service to additional customers, public libraries, and schools, and to "refrain from imposing discriminatory usage-based allowances or other discriminatory retail terms and conditions on its broadband internet service" add something


AT&T - As of July 24, 2015, AT&T became the largest pay-TV provider with AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV combined


On August 12, 2015, AT&T announced that it will cease investing its U-verse platform and create a new in-home TV product that will display content from DirecTV. add something


AT&T - On August 12, 2015, AT&T announced that it will cease investing its U-verse platform and create a new in-home TV product that will display content from DirecTV.


On September 10, 2015, AT&T selected Ericsson to integrate both U-verse TV and DirecTV pay-TV services into one add something


AT&T - On September 10, 2015, AT&T selected Ericsson to integrate both U-verse TV and DirecTV pay-TV services into one


On September 16, 2015, AT&T hired former Sirius XM, Cisco Systems and Microsoft executive VP Enrique Rodriguez to combine both the U-verse TV and DirecTV pay-TV services add something


AT&T - On September 16, 2015, AT&T hired former Sirius XM, Cisco Systems and Microsoft executive VP Enrique Rodriguez to combine both the U-verse TV and DirecTV pay-TV services


On December 2, 2015, AT&T announced that it will start to revamp both the U-verse name and the DirecTV name and move all customers to a derivative of the equipment currently used by DirecTV beginning in January add something


AT&T - On December 2, 2015, AT&T announced that it will start to revamp both the U-verse name and the & DirecTV name and move all customers to a derivative of the equipment currently used by DirecTV beginning in January


Subsidiary - On 19 January, 2016, the Secretary of Environment of Bogotá, sanctioned DirecTV's Colombian subsidiary, Directv Colombia Ltda add something


In February 2016, "Bloomberg" reported that AT&T was in the process of phasing out the U-verse IPTV service by encouraging new customers to purchase DirecTV satellite service instead, and by ending the production of new set-top boxes for the service add something


AT&T - In February 2016, "Bloomberg" reported that AT&T was in the process of phasing out the U-verse IPTV service by encouraging new customers to purchase DirecTV satellite service instead, and by ending the production of new set-top boxes for the service


On March 1, 2016, AT&T announced that it will take DirecTV in a new direction in three forms: Now, Mobile and Preview add something


On October 20, 2016, it was reported that AT&T was in talks to acquire Time Warner, in an effort to increase its media holdings add something


Beginning in November 2016, DirecTV Now will be an internet streaming TV service add something


DirecTV Now will launch on November 28, 2016, and directly compete against Sling TV and PlayStation Vue add something


DirecTV Now launched on November 30, 2016, and is directly competing against Sling TV and PlayStation Vue add something


On April 25, 2017, it was reported that AT&T dropped over 230,000 U-verse subscribers add something


On July 13, 2017, it was reported that AT&T is going to introduce a cloud-based DVR streaming service as part of its effort to create a unified platform across DirecTV and its DirecTV Now streaming service, with U-verse to be added soon add something


On September 12, 2017, it was reported that AT&T is planning to launch a brand new cable TV-like service for delivery over-the-top over its own or a competitor's broadband network sometime next year add something


On February 10, 2018, Sonic Tap was replaced by Music Choice which was originally on the service until November 15, 2005 add something


On March 13, 2018, it was reported that AT&T has filed a trademark for "AT&T TV" with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a possible signal that the telco company will finally eliminate its current brand names DirecTV and U-verse add something