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AT&T Agrees to Purchase DirecTV (Was: ATT looking to buy Direct TV)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by puri, Apr 30, 2014.

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  1. Apr 30, 2014 #1 of 1411
    puri

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    AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition







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    SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN and
    THOMAS GRYTA

    April 30, 2014 11:05 p.m. ET




    AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.
    A combination of AT&T with satellite TV firm DirecTV would create a pay television giant close in size to where Comcast Corp. will be if it completes its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
    DirecTV is the second biggest pay TV...
    Full Story in Wall Street Journal
     
  2. Apr 30, 2014 #2 of 1411
    peds48

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    ain't happening, but if it did, I would drop them like a hot potato and find me another job along the way!
     
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  3. May 1, 2014 #3 of 1411
    JosephB

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    AT&T has been flirting with Dish for years. I suppose the fact that a Dish/AT&T deal never happened was probably all on Charlie Ergen, and nowadays would be hard to do since Dish owns so much terrestrial wireless spectrum.

    This makes a lot of sense. It brings AT&T to scale on video customers and can bring down programming costs. It also brings them a new technology platform that they'd control, and allows them to free up bandwidth on U-Verse to dedicate to internet access.

    Of course you have the inside scoop and know exactly what's going on in the executive suite at DirecTV
     
  4. May 1, 2014 #4 of 1411
    RAD

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    Always thought those two did make sense. AT&T doesn't have U-Verse nation wide so DIRECTV can be used to fill in the gaps. DIRECTV picks up a broadband partner and the millions of TV subs making it harder for content to fight them.



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  5. May 1, 2014 #5 of 1411
    Mark Holtz

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    From Reuters:

    AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition -WSJ
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  6. May 1, 2014 #6 of 1411
    slice1900

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    I just don't see it. How much more negotiating leverage can they get from whatever AT&T adds than they already have with 20 million subscribers? Does anyone really believe Directv gets better pricing than Dish because of the extra 6 million subscribers?

    I think the value in merging would be from the better deals they could offer customers with nationwide bundling of TV service and cellular. At least outside areas where U-verse is currently offered, within those areas it doesn't do the merged company much good to have two different ways of providing TV to customers.
     
  7. May 1, 2014 #7 of 1411
    john18

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    I would consider leaving at my first viable opportunity if that happened.
     
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  8. May 1, 2014 #8 of 1411
    Matt L

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    Please, no. As a log time D sub I'd be quickly out the door. Higher prices and lower service and quality. Tried Uverse a while back, terrible service.
     
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  9. May 1, 2014 #9 of 1411
    carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    Ugh. I'd really have to think about staying with D* if this happens.
     
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  10. May 1, 2014 #10 of 1411
    prushing

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    The only way this would be good is if AT&T bought them, but left the DTV alone. Combine the billing for bundling, but let DTV handle the TV.
     
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  11. May 1, 2014 #11 of 1411
    damondlt

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    Good I'm all for it.
    I don't see a major change since more the half the country doesn't have Att.

    But at least I would be able to get a wireless bundle, and not be forced into Verizon in doing so.


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  12. May 1, 2014 #12 of 1411
    lgb0250

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    AT&T has started discussions with DirecTV to possibly buy the satellite-TV operator, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    Citing unnamed sources, the paper reported Wednesday evening that DirecTV would be "open to a deal."

    AT&T and DirecTV couldn't be reached for comment.

    If the two sides ever come to an agreement, it would be one of the largest -- if not the largest -- pay-TV industry acquisitions, possibly even surpassing Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. As of Wednesday, DirecTV's market value totaled about $39.6 billion.

    DirecTV, based in El Segundo, Calif., had $8.6 billion in revenue last year and provides satellite-TV service to about 20 million subscribers in the U.S. and 17 million in Latin America.

    AT&T's U-Verse TV service, which uses fiber optic lines, gained 201,000 customers in the first quarter to reach 5.7 million.
     
  13. May 1, 2014 #13 of 1411
    JosephB

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    It's not DirecTV that gets the additional leverage, it's AT&T. The upside to DirecTV is that they sell the company for more than it's actually worth.

    When they sell the company, DirecTV won't give a damn about the actual synergies or leverages or anything else. They'll be getting paid.
     
  14. May 1, 2014 #14 of 1411
    Scott Kocourek

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    DCSholtis

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    Ugh. I'd be out the door if this ever happened too.

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  16. May 1, 2014 #16 of 1411
    mreposter

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    Are you suggesting that AT&T would retrofit existing Uverse customers with D* dishes and move all video services to satellite? Sounds doubtful.
     
  17. May 1, 2014 #17 of 1411
    sweep49

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    I have a strong dislike of AT&T and really hope this does not happen.
     
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  18. May 1, 2014 #18 of 1411
    rmmccann

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    I'm hoping this doesn't happen. I'll be switching to Dish or back to my Cableco if it does. ATT is where customer service goes to die.
     
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  19. May 1, 2014 #19 of 1411
    TheRatPatrol

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    [QUOTE="mre]Are you suggesting that AT&T would retrofit existing Uverse customers with D* dishes and move all video services to satellite? Sounds doubtful.

    [/QUOTE]Wouldn't that be easier then laying new fiber lines?
     
  20. May 1, 2014 #20 of 1411
    JoeTheDragon

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    DirecTV and Uverse have better TV then comcast.

    Comcast can't even show all there IN MARKET RSN HD feeds or other stuff like BTN ALTs in HD or Premier League Extra Time as real channels.
     
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