DirecTV fails in its antitrust case against Nexstar


On March 14, 2023, direct broadcast satellite company DirecTV “took a stand for its customers” by mounting a legal challenge against what it calls “a conspiracy” concocted by Nexstar Media Group and two shared services partners to illegally increase content costs for free over-the-air TV.

Just over one year later, a U.S. District Court judge in New York has ruled in favor of Nexstar, dismissing DirecTV’s assertions that the broadcast TV station owner engaged in actions in violation of U.S. antitrust laws.

The decision from U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel on Wednesday (3/20) effectively grants Nexstar’s motion to dismiss claims from DirecTV that it engaged in antitrust activities when it failed to reach a retransmission consent accord with the DBS provider in 2022.

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