DirecTV Calls Out Newsmax for ‘Misleading’ Ratings and Fees Claims

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DirecTV told Senate Republicans on Thursday that Newsmax continues to lie about the network’s ratings as part of its political pressure campaign to force the pay-TV provider to dish out millions of dollars to the pro-Trump channel.

Besides peddling “misleading” claims about its viewership, the satellite carrier also said that Newsmax is pushing false information about the license fees DirecTV pays to other channels, noting that many networks Newsmax claims are getting paid by the company receive no carriage fees.

DirecTV also revealed that once upon a time, Newsmax actually paid the cable provider fees to carry its channel and was dropped from the service in 2016 for eight months when it tried to negotiate a new deal. However, as DirecTV noted, they are “not aware of any Member of Congress or conservative activist at that time accusing DIRECTV of censoring or de-platforming Newsmax” during that specific contract dispute.

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