James doesn't want this to happen for 2 reasons , Comcast / Time Warner
Dish network/ Nobody.
= The End for Dish.
The end for Dish how? AT&T owning Directv jumps AT&T's subscriber count by over 300%, but only bumps Directv's by 30%. So instead of roughly 50% bigger than Dish it is roughly twice the size of Dish. I don't think that's really an issue.
Anyway, if partnering up is the only way to survive, there are plenty of potential partners left. Aside from the obvious one, Verizon, there's also Cox and Charter. They're not that much smaller than Uverse - and hell, if the FCC allows TWC/Comcast and AT&T/Directv, it would be hard for them not to allow Dish/Verizon/Cox/Charter and they'd have a company almost as big as AT&T/Directv and TWC/Comcast.
Man, I hope that doesn't happen. You know most of the smaller ones like Mediacom would join one of the above and we'd eventually be left three huge cable/satellite companies that don't really compete too hard so they can make more money by squeezing their customers!
One interesting thought about AT&T/Directv. If someone lives Uverse country, I wonder how much of a discount they'd get if they wanted both Directv and Uverse? For the channels each has the other doesn't, protection against rain fade by having cable, and against cable/power outages by having satellite. It might be an interesting option for people in Uverse country if they figured customers already paid for the programming once and mostly just charged them for the additional equipment.