Los Angeles Business Journal

DirecTV Takes $25 Million Charge

By Deborah Crowe Thursday, June 27, 2013

DirecTV on Thursday said it would take a $25 million charge in the second quarter to adjust for inflated subscriber numbers reported by its Brazilian operation.

The El Segundo satellite TV provider said in a regulatory filing that an internal investigation in April determined that some employees at Sky Brasil, part of its Latin America unit, had been artificially reducing attrition rates by improperly crediting subscriber accounts to reduce or eliminate balances owed.

The practice led to the company’s fast-growing Latin America unit over-reporting subscriber numbers by about 200,000 households as of the end of March. The company said the $25 million charge would recognize the impact of the larger churn rate.

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