Montana gets $260K from DirecTV to settle suit over advertising
HELENA - Montana has received $260,000 from DirecTV as part of a 22-state, $5 million settlement with the satellite television company, Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday.
The settlement resolves consumer allegations of misleading and deceptive advertising.
McGrath said the multistate group focused on just a few problems consumers had complained about, including programs that were advertised but were not viewable; unexpected blackouts on sports programs in the Sports Package; bad reception; and local channels not available as advertised.
DirecTV denied the allegations, but agreed to the settlement.
"This settlement is a good one for our state," McGrath said. "Montana is a high-use area for satellite TV service. Many of our residents do not have access to cable."
Along with the financial settlement, DirecTV agreed that its advertising will be accurate, and that changes to advertised offers will be clearly noted so consumers will not be deceived.
DirecTV will make it clear to customers which channels will be available, and which nights it has to make programming and pricing changes. Sports packages will include clarifications about potential blackout periods.
The company also agreed to pay restitution to individual consumers. To receive restitution, Montana consumers must either have filed consumer complaints in the past about DirecTV, or file a complaint - either with the state Office of Consumer Protection or with DirecTV - before May 11.
interesting tidbit at the bottom.. some people in Montana can get a piece of settlement too if they complain.