I still remember before the FioS rollout, when VZ was offering DirecTV bundles with their DSL product.
A lot of DTV customers live in FioS territory... seems silly for Verizon to own and manage two seperate delivery systems. -- "I finish things... that's what I do." (Walter Kowalski, lead character in "Gran Torino")
Agree with others that Verizon is focused on FIOS so can't see why they would be interested in acquiring Direct TV.
I have no idea what negotiations with content owners is like. I'd think this type of acquisition would only make sense to a wireline carrier that wanted to offer video in a hurry but did not have deals with content owners.