The consensus is that its unlikely, but goofy over at DISH has approached DTV regarding this just the same.
What do we think of this? Is it a good idea? a bad idea? and why?
They use the same system for delivery, and it would be simple for them to also operate as separate companies but share satellites and uplink centers. Well, not that simple, they would have to have metadata for both services running on every channel, and there would be a lot of overnight conversions, but that would still probably save them a lot of dough. But that is not a full merger, more of a shared facilities agreement. That is much more likely than a merger, because they don't need approval for that. It might also free up enough sat space to allow them to move into VOD streaming in a big way, and all of that would keep them competitive with the internet and cord cutters.
But they still might go for the full merger. That the two companies are in competition has never seemed to scare them out of raising prices anyway.
One thing I can predict with surety, is that any benefits to them merging will never trickle down to the customer. All you have to so is look at the SiriusXM merger to see how that would go.
So I am on record here as it being NOT a good idea, and I am against it.
But I am curious to hear, with an open mind, why others might not agree.