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How different would Directv be now if they were never purchased by Newscorp

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. mkdtv21

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    If they were still owned by Hughes what do you think Directv would of been like now. I know there would have never been the HR platform and we would still be with Tivo possibly. But I don't know all of the things that would be different. What do you all think.
     
  2. bobnielsen

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    I suspect that Directv would have been negatively impacted by GM going through Chapter 11 and would have been unloaded in any case.
     
  3. Steve

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    I'll bet TiVO's CEO Tom Rogers daydreams about that scenario often. :)

    Agree with Bob, tho. Because of GM' s troubles, they probably would have been on the block anyway.
     
  4. JoeTheDragon

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    On that note should they rebuy D* to keep up with Comcast buying NBC?
     
  5. tonyd79

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    For the first time ever, I now see the Newscorp purchase as being a good thing....
     
  6. PCampbell

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    GM needed the money but what if they had gone to Boeing like the rest of Hughes? Would things stayed the same as there were?
     
  7. bobnielsen

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    Not all of Hughes went to Boeing (a large part went to Raytheon). If the Howard Hughes Medical Institute trustees hadn't sold to GM, it could have stayed a lot like it was in the past. By the time GM sold off the assets things had already changed quite a bit (I worked at Hughes 1962-1966 and 1968-1994). The seeds of what became Directv were sown in the 1960s.
     

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