- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The DirecTV Group Inc. spent $430,000 in the fourth quarter lobbying on issues relating to sports programming, such as access, pricing and exclusive deals, according to a recent disclosure form.

The nation’s largest satellite TV company has touted its high-definition sports packages as a key advantage over its competitors.

DirecTV last month extended its deal with the NFL for Sunday afternoon games through 2014. The agreement is worth $4 billion. The NFL Sunday Ticket is a premium sports programming package of out-of-market games.

DirecTV also lobbied Congress on legislation that would require satellite TV operators with more than 5 million subscribers to carry digital signals of noncommercial educational TV stations.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based company also lobbied on issues surrounding the nation’s switch to digital programming in June and state video taxes, according to the report filed Jan. 16 with the House clerk’s office.

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