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


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#1 OFFLINE   puri

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:14 PM

AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition
 
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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.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:16 PM

 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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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

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.

 

 ain't happening, but if it did, I would drop them like a hot potato and find me another job along the way!

 

Of course you have the inside scoop and know exactly what's going on in the executive suite at DirecTV



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

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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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:10 PM

From Reuters:

AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition -WSJ

AT&T Inc has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

A deal would likely be worth at least $40 billion, DirecTV's current market capitalization, the newspaper said.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:39 PM

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.

 

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.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:05 PM

I would consider leaving at my first viable opportunity if that happened.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:05 PM

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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Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:49 PM

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 12:56 AM

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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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:33 AM

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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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:03 AM

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.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:12 AM

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.

 

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.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:13 AM

Here is another article on this:  http://thenextweb.co...v-firm-directv/


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:15 AM

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

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:31 AM

….. 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….

 

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


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:52 AM

I have a strong dislike of AT&T and really hope this does not happen.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:54 AM

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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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:54 AM

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

Wouldn't that be easier then laying new fiber lines?

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:57 AM

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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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:14 AM

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.

I have AT&T home phone and I do hate to have to call their customer service for sure.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:29 AM

DirecTV already partners with UVerse to offer UVerse Internet with DirecTV. This way you could do a triple bundle package with DirecTV, UVerse Internet and Phone all on one bill.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:38 AM

I wonder if there is a connection?

 

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:45 AM

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

 

No, but to think that is the only option is short-sighted. 

 

Even if they don't do ANY integration between U-Verse and DirecTV, you have an immense savings by combining the install and distribution networks. Then, you eliminate the entire back office infrastructure from DirecTV like HR, finance, IT, etc. 

 

BUT, there are plenty of short, medium, and long term options.

 

First, AT&T instantly has an in-house double/triple play nationwide (bundle satellite TV with LTE internet and cell phone). DirecTV gets out from under the lack of internet service. Slightly longer term, imagine every DirecTV box having an LTE modem inside that gives every single customer two-way communication to the box for VOD, PPV, etc. Even if downloads are done over the satellite.

 

Further out, imagine a satellite dish on every AT&T cell tower and U-Verse DSLAM. Distributing the video via satellite frees up massive amounts of bandwidth on their wireline network. If they can work out a way to directly distribute the satellite signal over their copper network instead of switching it to IP, then that is even better. 

 

Even if you can't "merge" the U-Verse and satellite technologies, you now have options for just about any customer who comes to you: satellite dish if you have LOS and an installable location, U-Verse if you don't have LOS, live in an apartment, etc.

 

CNBC was talking about it earlier, and they also made a good point. AT&T had a deal to buy Dish on the table and it fell apart at the last minute. This may be a smokescreen to get Charlie to come back to the table and sell Dish. Also, if a deal is going to be done at all, putting this on the table while Comcast is trying to buy Time Warner Cable means that if one deal happens (IE: if the feds were going to let Comcast go through) both deals will have to happen.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 07:51 AM

Heaven help us if this would ever happen.


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