The new cable news channel, which launched Tuesday afternoon, filed a lawsuit against AT&T for not carrying the network on its U-verse pay-TV system.
Al Jazeera America had promoted that AT&T U-verse would be one of the distributors carrying the network.
However, when the channel flipped the switch, AT&T dropped it.
In a statement, Al Jazeera accused AT&T of breach of contract and said it had no choice but to file a suit against the company to "compel AT&T to do the right thing." The suit was filed in Delaware Chancery Court.
An AT&T spokesman said the company had not seen the suit but added that U-verse was unable to come to terms on a distribution deal with Al Jazeera, which is why it decided not to carry the channel.
Although U-verse has about 5 million subscribers, not all were expected to get Al Jazeera America. The previous owner --
AT&T also accused Al Jazeera of breaching the Current TV agreement.
Al Jazeera launched in just under 50 million homes around the nation. The biggest holdout to carrying the channel is
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