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


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#1 OFFLINE   mkdtv21

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:32 PM

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.

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#2 OFFLINE   bobnielsen

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:39 PM

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

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:04 PM

If they were still owned by Hughes [...]

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.

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#4 OFFLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:12 PM

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.


On that note should they rebuy D* to keep up with Comcast buying NBC?
I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.

#5 ONLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:24 PM

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.


For the first time ever, I now see the Newscorp purchase as being a good thing....
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:31 PM

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?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 10:10 PM

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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