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AT&T and E* (merged Report: AT&T May Buy Echostar)

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Ed Campbell, Sep 26, 2007.

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  1. Sep 26, 2007 #1 of 101
    Ed Campbell

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    Figured this was the appropriate place to post this:

    http://gigaom.com/2007/09/26/echostar-att/#more-10291

    Om Malik writes about AT&T purchasing Echostar as a logical follow-on to the Slingbox purchase.
     
  2. Sep 27, 2007 #2 of 101
    booger

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    Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2007) -- AT&T has offered to buy EchoStar, the nation's second largest satellite TV service.

    That's according to an article today from TheStreet.com.

    The web site reports that AT&T has offered $55 a share, while the satcaster may be holding out for $65 a share.

    The deal would seem to make sense for both companies.

    EchoStar is under pressure to increase spending on several initiatives, including High-Definition TV, to keep pace with rival DIRECTV and the cable operators. AT&T could supply the financing, for instance, for EchoStar to launch new satellite to expand high-def capacity.

    Meanwhile, AT&T's TV service, u-Verse, has failed to reach 50,000 subscribers after more than two years. Buying EchoStar would give the telco more than 13 million video subscribers overnight.

    TheStreet.com says Oppenheimer analyst Tom Eagan has raised his rating on EchoStar in anticipation of a AT&T deal. He believes AT&T would likely pay about $56 a share for the satcaster.

    Both companies declined to comment on Thursday, TheStreet.com reports.


    http://www.thestreet.com/s/att-echostar-talks-heat-up/newsanalysis/techtelecom/10381691.html
     
  3. Sep 27, 2007 #3 of 101
    EagleClaw

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    Thanks for posting.

    Hmm on one side it could be good for expanding high-def capacity, on the other side AT&T is involved......
     
  4. Sep 27, 2007 #4 of 101
    HobbyTalk

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    At least when I had to call AT&T for Dish support I did talk to an english speaking person ;)
     
  5. Sep 27, 2007 #5 of 101
    EagleClaw

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    That's really good to hear!


     
  6. Sep 27, 2007 #6 of 101
    Richard King

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    This would certainly make the decision easy for AT&T as to which service to continue promoting. :D
     
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    tomcrown1

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    the new Dish AT&T
     
  9. Sep 27, 2007 #9 of 101
    ScoBuck

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    If its true just hope they get better reception than they do with their cell phone service.

    Lots of dropped calls.
     
  10. Sep 27, 2007 #10 of 101
    Stuart Sweet

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    As a DIRECTV guy, I'm actually interested to see how this pans out. This company, which until a couple of years ago was known as SBC (and before that Pacific Bell) has been on a mission to own every form of communication known to man, it seems. Smoke signals may be next.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2007 #11 of 101
    koralis

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    Yes I think so too. AT&T needs to counter Sprint's Pivot platform, and Dish + Sling would make that a reality. It wouldn't surprise me that AT&T told Charlie that the Sling deal needed to happen to get aquired.
     
  12. Sep 27, 2007 #12 of 101
    gteach26

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    Right now I get a package discount for having bellsouth phone service (Florida)and Directv sat. service. Now, if AT&T, which just recently re-absorbed bellsouth, buys Dish, then I assume that package discount will go bye-bye.

    It is getting SO hard to keep track of who's buying who nowadays.

    I do hope Dish remains a strong competitor to Directv... competition is a GOOD thing!!!! I think Dish will feel the heat of Directv's HDTV assault once all the new channels are up and running.....
     
  13. Sep 27, 2007 #13 of 101
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    Same here in AL. Its only $5 a month, but $5 is $5. Heck that covers half the HD Access fee or the DVR fee.
     
  14. Sep 27, 2007 #14 of 101
    phrelin

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    Northern...
    I just made a decision to get a Dish ViP722 and not to wait for Comcast High Def availability, though Comcast is my ISP, because I liked having my basic phone service with AT&T, my internet with my cable company, my tv service with Dish, and my cell phone with Verizon. I had some hope that the private personal data gathering process would be made harder by some small increment.

    Incidentally, our phone service was from Pacific Bell that was bought up by SBC which became AT&T which bought up.... Well, that's old news, but our service did not improve with SBC nor AT&T - in fact we can't get DSL service. If it hadn't been for Adelphia (pre-bankruptcy) we wouldn't have cable high speed internet in our rural town. So I don't expect any big gain if AT&T buys Dish.
     
  15. Sep 27, 2007 #15 of 101
    erosroadie

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    Remember...the at&t logo is really a Death Star in disguise.

    If I was a DirecTV satellite, and this deal goes through, I’d be nervous out there...:eek2:
     
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    Jason Nipp

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    Northern...
    Before SBC it was Ameritech, then SBC Ameritech in the Midwest at least.
     
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    HobbyTalk

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    Since AT&T may now own Dish, that means one company will own 2 of your services... there goes that "hope" :)

    Of course ISPs regularly sell your browsering habits (making $5 per month from your data) already - http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ISPs-Selling-More-Of-Your-Data-87906
     
  18. Sep 27, 2007 #18 of 101
    Paul Secic

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    U-serve is just spinning in dirt, so anything is possible. What about regulators? We've been down this dusty road before.:lol: :lol:
     
  19. Sep 27, 2007 #19 of 101
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    Hey everyone, this is NOT good news by all means, at&t was always known to be more expensive then everyone else with there phone plans, and they dont have as good as a service then everyone else either for the money. I remeber being told you are better going with ANYONE else then AT&T, and save more money plus a better service, if this comes true, say bye bye to dish. What experience does AT&T have with this kind of industry anyways? They are a friggin phone company. First I hatted comcast and would never go back, but now Direct tv is looking like my last frontier for my tv pleasure,lets wait and se what happens. Thanks for being a sell out Charlie
     
  20. Sep 27, 2007 #20 of 101
    SaltiDawg

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    At $65 a share Mr. Ergen could buy Manhattan Island. ( After paying off the $24 Lien from its original sale.)
     
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