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Charter Sues DirecTV Over Bankrupcy Adds

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sarhaynes, May 12, 2009.

  1. MIKE0616

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    They must have went to WallyWorld when "forked tongues" were on sale 3 for $1. :D


    Its more like all businesses in this country are full of BS in their ads now. Since the federal courts decided that all ads are lies, consumers know that, so it makes it OK (Pizza Hut vs Papa John's <- same ingredients, nobody really prefers us except our employees and stockholders), this is just more of the same. The cable companies and D* both take the same moral low-ground as the weight-loss companies (silver bullets, anyone?) so I don't really see this suit going anywhere, except into some lawyers pockets. :(
     
  2. l8er

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    No, it's a way to stiff your creditors and try to stay in business. Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 both mean your creditors get screwed.
     
  3. ronsanjim

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    If any company deserves to go out of business, it is Charter Comm. Their owner does not "invest" in upgrading his own company. Locally, its the pits. I have had both Charter and D* at the same time, just to compare, and Charter is just so bad...
     
  4. Hutchinshouse

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    Charter Communications, which filed a lawsuit Monday against DirecTV claiming its ads targeting Charter customers were false and deceptive, was granted a temporary restraining order Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

    link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2009/05/11/daily38.html?ana=from_rss


    Does Charter Communications "own" any HD channels currently not offered by DIRECTV, (just like Cox owns Travel Channel)? I hope not. I'd hate for another bad DIRECTV relationship to impact our HD lineup.
     
  5. Jon Ellis

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    I received this piece of mail from DirecTV at my house. (I am not actually a Charter subscriber.) The return address was DirecTV in El Segundo, CA.

    "Stop worrying about Charter going bankrupt.
    Switch to DIRECTV and save $21 a month* for one full year.

    (my address)

    Dear Jon Ellis,

    It's official: Charter has filed for bankruptcy. As they focus on their problems, there's no way they'll be able to bring you the latest technology, more channels in HD and new exclusive programming. But DIRECTV will. So make the popular choice--join over 18 million families who have made the FREE and EASY switch to DIRECTV."

    It goes on with standard promotional stuff.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    Shoot, in LA most of the cable companies haven't modernized any of their equipment.. and by modernized, I mean they still have the same interface, and the same 10 or 20 hours recording on their DVRs they had 5+ years ago....
     
  7. CCarncross

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    I dont see one untrue sentence in that ad, and based on user feedback from current/former Charter subscribers, its not slander or anything like that, its completely true. This case should have been laughed out of court, way to go Missouri Judicial System.
     
  8. sarhaynes

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    From an article on the temporary restraining order issued:

    From: http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=ACBJ&date=20090513&id=9901776

    It seems the restraining order is just against adds that imply Charter isn't capable of providing services during bankruptcy. They can still run ads stating known factual information. For instance, that Charter has filed for bankruptcy.
     
  9. Hutchinshouse

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    Looks like DIRECTV is being sued again...

    "Investors sue DirecTV to block Liberty merger"

    DirecTV Group, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, was sued by investors who contend a planned combination with Douglas County-based Liberty Entertainment Inc. undervalues the shares.

    Plaintiffs, including the Key West Police & Fire Pension Fund, are asking a Delaware Chancery Court judge to stop the transaction and award damages, according to a complaint in Wilmington, Del.

    Officials of El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV said May 4 that the company would merge with Liberty Entertainment, which would be split from billionaire John Malone's Liberty Media Corp.

    Under terms of the deal, DirecTV stockholders will receive one share of single-vote DirecTV Class A common stock for each of their shares and Malone, his wife and associated trusts will get Class B common stock, carrying 15 votes a share.

    Liberty Media owns 54 percent of DirecTV, according to Bloomberg data, and Malone is chairman of DirecTV. The transaction gives DirecTV control of Liberty's Game Show Network and three regional sports channels.

    The investors also say terms of the merger agreement, including a $500 million breakup fee, "deter competing bids."


    link: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_12364030?source=rss
     
  10. Ken S

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    Of course if it was on one of the DirecTV MPEG4 HD channels it might come out...
    Bankbrrrrrrrriiiiiiiippppptcy
     
  11. smiddy

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    This is a fleeting suite in my opinion on the games between cable companies and satellite companies. Because Charter is flailing (in a lot of respects BTW), they are within their death throws and want to protect their business, as they should. On the other hand, as a Charter subscriber, you'd have to wonder how this can all turn out, it is restructuring, but is it good restructuring? There is a huge unknown there and it seems that consumers should research their options. DirecTV simply advertised an option, coated with a bit of rhetoric. Most all companies do this...even Charter. I would bet that this case will go on forever because the mountains of evidence for each side with regard to he said she said could go on forever. I think it is a sad lawsuit, but I am no judge and if it goes to jury, there is no telling who could win depending on the sympathies of that jury and the arrogance of either side towards their decision. Remember the million dollar coffee from McDonalds'? Silly things have happened in the past and will continue to happen in the future. We'll have to wait and listen to this one. :)
     
  12. Jon Ellis

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    I would guess the part that got them in trouble is "there's no way they'll be able to bring you the latest technology, more channels in HD and new exclusive programming." That's a definitive statement that they can't prove to be true.
     
  13. Ken S

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    The lawsuit is sad but the advertising is just a little bit of rhetoric?

    BTW, if a TRO was ordered its because the judge believes it is likely that Charter will succeed on the merits.


     
  14. l8er

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    A temporary restraining order usually means the judge needs more information or more time. It is not an indicator of whether judge feels the lawsuit has merit, or not.
     
  15. Albie

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    Not sure I'd be arguing legal definitions with Ken. :nono2:
     
  16. Ken S

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    Really? Good to know.
     
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