In a move that could impact AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of El Segundo satellite TV giant DirecTV, a Federal Appeals Court on Friday threw out a request by the Federal Communications Commission that media companies disclose their programming deals with cable television providers.
The FCC made the request as part of its review of pending cable mergers, including the one involving AT&T and DirecTV. The commission was also reviewing the now-defunct Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal. That proposed marriage was called off last month.
The FCC had asked several media companies last year to disclose their contracts with programming providers in order to assist with its review of the proposed mergers.
Earlier this week, Netflix said its officials had met with commissioners to voice concern about AT&T’s proposed purchase of DirecTV unless changes were made to the deal.
The FCC had delayed its review of the deal last March, pending the court’s decision.
A DirecTV spokesman declined to comment on Friday’s appeals court decision, referring all inquiries to AT&T. That company’s representatives did not return requests for comment.