WASHINGTON – The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.
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The Federal Trade Commission has charged DirecTV Inc. with deceptively advertising a discounted 12-month programming package. Consumers weren't clearly told that the package requires a two-year contract, the suit says.
The commission says the advertising also did not make clear that the cost of the package would increase by up to $45 more per month in the second year and that hefty cancellation fees would apply.
California-based DirecTV, which has more than 20 million subscribers, has been in trouble with the FTC before. It paid a $5.3 million settlement in 2005, and then a $2.3 million settlement in 2009 — both over telemarketing calls to consumers.