Byron Allen Withdraws Racial Discrimination Case Against Comcast, Parties Enter Carriage Agreement
Byron Allen has withdrawn his racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast. The two parties have signed a transportation contract in which the cable company will broadcast Allen's 15 television channels, including The Weather Channel.
The deal also includes the distribution of Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV on X1, Video on Demand and TV everywhere.
Comcast will also launch the free ad-supported local Now digital app on the Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms. Xfinity customers who receive The Weather Channel have (authenticated) access to the weloveweather.tv website and app.
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In March, the United States Supreme Court joined Comcast in the $ 20 billion lawsuit brought by Allen. The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Allen must prove that racial prejudice is the only reason the cable giant refused to broadcast its television channels. This decision sent the case back to the lower courts.
The case stems from a 2016 racial discrimination lawsuit in which Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks accused Comcast and Charter of refusing to broadcast cable channels from Entertainment Studios, which include Cars.TV and Pets.TV, because Allen is black. (Allen bought The Weather Channel in 2018 and founded Entertainment Studios in 1993.)
He accused the cable giants of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 United States. Section 1981.
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Allen's Comcast lawsuit was dismissed three times at the district level, but the Ninth Circle Court of Appeals overturned that decision in 2019 and set a lower legal standard for proving discrimination - that "a plausible motivational factor" is all that is required to overcome a is application for dismissal. "The Supreme Court rejected this theory and called it" wrong ".
"We are excited to begin a new phase of partnership with Comcast and Xfinity, including the first-time distribution of our cable channels on Xfinity platforms," said Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios and Allen Media Group in a statement on Thursday morning.
"We are delighted to have reached this multi-faceted agreement that will continue our longstanding relationship with The Weather Channel and add additional content to Xfinity customers," said Bec Heap, Comcast Cable's senior vice president of video and entertainment. "We look forward to another partnership."
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