Al Jazeera America renewal contract July 31st

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Al Jazeera America, DirecTV Settle Legal Fight, Renew Carriage Deal
Al Jazeera America has struck a new carriage agreement with DirecTV after coming to terms on a lawsuit that DirecTV filed against the all-news cabler last year.The agreement calls for DirecTV to carry the soon-to-launch Al Jazeera America HD channel.“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with DirecTV,” said Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera America. “Al Jazeera America is committed to its mission of delivering in-depth, unbiased and trusted journalism of the highest quality. I look forward to continuing to work together to grow our audience and deliver more compelling news and remarkable stories that inform, educate and inspire audiences across America.”DirecTV sued Al Jazeera last year, claiming the cabler had violated the terms of its previous carriage agreement, which originated under Al Jazeera America predecessor channel Current, by offering lower carriage fees to other distributors than it had to DirecTV. According to DirecTV, that was a violation of the “favored nations” clause in the contract assuring that no distributor would have a lower per-subscriber fee than DirecTV.
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