AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About An Acquisition
Rumors of an AT&T takeover of Dish or DirecTV are about as old as this website, and it appears they've been rekindled once again. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal
, AT&T has approached DirecTV recently about a possible acquisition. Though they've had several unsuccessful ventures over the years, DirecTV remains interested in the ability of offering some kind of broadband access to users.
AT&T meanwhile would be attempting to use M&As once again to eliminate a competitor from the market, something that the Journal claims could possibly see regulatory approval this time around:
Any acquisition would likely be evaluated by the Justice Department for its impact on competition and would require approval by the Federal Communications Commission. The companies would have to prove to the FCC that the transaction would be in the public interest and the combined company would be able to offer consumer benefits not possible outside the merger. However, a person familiar with the FCC's thinking predicted the merger would have a solid chance at approval because offering video or voice service alone is viewed as a dying business and the combined company would be in a position to compete with Comcast, the leading cable and broadband provider.
With markets saturating and growth in TV and wireless slowing if not shrinking, a new round of M&A's are clearly being eyed as the best way to keep investors happy. Whether any of these proposed deals will benefit consumers is another issue entirely.
I hate AT&T. This will make me cut the "cord" for sure!
| || |said by hdman:Personal opinion: Dish has the same problem that any other content provider has, they are charging more due to a variety of retrans /content acquisition costs and some desire to buy wireless spectrum.
I like DTV....but if AT&T buys them, here I come DISH!!!!!
They aren't as cheap like the commercials may imply, they have - lots - of fees that don't show up in their advertisements like equipment rental for each connected television if you're using their Hopper product.
They also claim a lot of HD channels, great if you like sports, if you want Disney in HD, it's not an option along with a lot of channels that were once HD but got demoted to SD after some retrans fee fights. They even removed the antenna connection for local broadcast station use on their Hopper.
Their packages are in my view "ridiculous". To get something you may consider pretty basic like BBC America you need one of their upper tier packages.
If I could get real time BBC America and HBO via streaming I would ditch Dish Network tomorrow. What I once considered a value I personally haven't for a long time.
Summary: Do the homework before jumping ship, it's not grass is greener picture you may think. It's much like the broadband duopoly, there may be a choice of one or two providers, but it's like choosing the lessor of two evils, the illusion we're presented is choice when in reality they all have very similar business models, cost structures and rates always increase without the consumer gaining any benefits.
said by etaadmin:I see this more like :
1. Yes uverse picture quality is that bad.
2. They are not expanding uverse ADSL2 to VDSL2.
3. Karl is right and their 'phantom' uverse gigapower expansion is a bunch of BS.
DTV plays in AT&T's plan to be able to offer video services to Rural areas that have no real chance of ROI if they extended fiber to those very sparse populated areas.
I am guessing AT&T's seeing this as a way to bundle video services with LTE DATA / Voice offerings for rural areas that it will never be profitable to extend fiber to those few households.
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quote:Not one bit of that matters to me.
DirecTV is far better than DISH. DISH is basically a joke in my neck of the woods, they have been in carriage disputes with our sports channels for years, so they don't even compete. Now that the NCAA National Champion UConn Huskies have been on SNY for 2 years, which DISH doesn't carry, DISH must have bled off the part of CT that they didn't already lose due to their decade or longer carriage spat with YES network.and their local selection isn't as good in many markets.
Don't watch sports,
The LiL nonsense is just that, nonsense. I dropped all locals as my ABC, CBS, FOX shows come from a better source, matter of fact nearly 90%+ comes from a far better source.
They can argue all they want. I don't care, drop them all! As well as all the sportscrap.
I am close to dropping it even further from the AEP I started with, to something that doesn't include a subsidy to any sportsturdage.
PQ and equipment , not a chance, Dish rules. I can watch my receiver on my Droid device via the sling mode in the 722. Works great. Picture is great, on 50" Samsung, mt 32 Vizio, my 22" no names, and my Droid device.
quote:direcrap nor Dish allows that. I wish they would as I would probably look at that, but my current mode allows me watch with less effort, ie I don't have to lift a finger to ignore the ads, as they are gone to start.
does Dish allow a Conditional Access Module coupled with a DVB-S receiver card for home-built DVR's? If so, it would be quite tempting.
1311393600 - Back to Black.....Black....Black....
Want health care? Get a job! No to ACA! No to USNHS or USHIP or anything like them!
Job = Benefits = Health care, simple.
This must be blocked ATT is like the blob. Its big, inefficient, and tries to gobble up the competition rather than build it own version. When I moved into my home many years ago, the CATV provider was ATT. ATT sold out to Comcast a month later. With both ATT and Comcast, I was in a constant battle with them to provide a quality TV picture consistently an throughout the channel range. They failed miserably and so I fired Comcast and ordered Direct TV, which I have been using for over 11 years. Direct TV has always delivered a quality picture, and aside from the constant price increases and taxes from entities I did not know existed Direct is the best thing going. If ATT eats up Direct, the prices will go up, and the quality will degrade. It will be like my experience with ATT and their DSL-- which has been bandwidth caps, disconnects, incompetent customer service reps from Mongolia, and an crappy attitude. This must be blocked, before ATT eats up all media distribution sources and therefore the competition.
·Time Warner Cable
Re: How much after any acquisition...
Eh, no. AT&T is already deep into consumer television delivery.
Killing Directv seems more their style
DirecTV would likely be renamed "U-verse TV", and would be offered in all the areas that don't have VRADs. It would be the perfect addition to the smoke & mirrors AT&T currently doing by renaming their old ADSL lines "U-verse internet".
Right now, we can sort of differentiate their last-gen and FTTN products by seeing if you can order TV service. This would make the line even blurrier.