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AT&T and E* (merged Report: AT&T May Buy Echostar)


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#1 OFFLINE   Ed Campbell

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 12:46 PM

Figured this was the appropriate place to post this:

http://gigaom.com/20...att/#more-10291

Om Malik writes about AT&T purchasing Echostar as a logical follow-on to the Slingbox purchase.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:38 AM

Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2007) -- AT&T has offered to buy EchoStar, the nation's second largest satellite TV service.

That's according to an article today from TheStreet.com.

The web site reports that AT&T has offered $55 a share, while the satcaster may be holding out for $65 a share.

The deal would seem to make sense for both companies.

EchoStar is under pressure to increase spending on several initiatives, including High-Definition TV, to keep pace with rival DIRECTV and the cable operators. AT&T could supply the financing, for instance, for EchoStar to launch new satellite to expand high-def capacity.

Meanwhile, AT&T's TV service, u-Verse, has failed to reach 50,000 subscribers after more than two years. Buying EchoStar would give the telco more than 13 million video subscribers overnight.

TheStreet.com says Oppenheimer analyst Tom Eagan has raised his rating on EchoStar in anticipation of a AT&T deal. He believes AT&T would likely pay about $56 a share for the satcaster.

Both companies declined to comment on Thursday, TheStreet.com reports.


http://www.thestreet...m/10381691.html

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:18 AM

Thanks for posting.

Hmm on one side it could be good for expanding high-def capacity, on the other side AT&T is involved......

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:29 AM

At least when I had to call AT&T for Dish support I did talk to an english speaking person ;)

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:38 AM

That's really good to hear!


At least when I had to call AT&T for Dish support I did talk to an english speaking person ;)



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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:15 PM

This would certainly make the decision easy for AT&T as to which service to continue promoting. :D
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

http://www.forbes.co.../ap4162427.html
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:27 PM

the new Dish AT&T
Welcome to Dish the new AT&T

:) life is to to to short so be???

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:29 PM

If its true just hope they get better reception than they do with their cell phone service.

Lots of dropped calls.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:38 PM

As a DIRECTV guy, I'm actually interested to see how this pans out. This company, which until a couple of years ago was known as SBC (and before that Pacific Bell) has been on a mission to own every form of communication known to man, it seems. Smoke signals may be next.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:40 PM

Figured this was the appropriate place to post this:

http://gigaom.com/20...att/#more-10291

Om Malik writes about AT&T purchasing Echostar as a logical follow-on to the Slingbox purchase.


Yes I think so too. AT&T needs to counter Sprint's Pivot platform, and Dish + Sling would make that a reality. It wouldn't surprise me that AT&T told Charlie that the Sling deal needed to happen to get aquired.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:46 PM

Right now I get a package discount for having bellsouth phone service (Florida)and Directv sat. service. Now, if AT&T, which just recently re-absorbed bellsouth, buys Dish, then I assume that package discount will go bye-bye.

It is getting SO hard to keep track of who's buying who nowadays.

I do hope Dish remains a strong competitor to Directv... competition is a GOOD thing!!!! I think Dish will feel the heat of Directv's HDTV assault once all the new channels are up and running.....

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:50 PM

Right now I get a package discount for having bellsouth phone service (Florida)and Directv sat. service. Now, if AT&T, which just recently re-absorbed bellsouth, buys Dish, then I assume that package discount will go bye-bye.

It is getting SO hard to keep track of who's buying who nowadays.

I do hope Dish remains a strong competitor to Directv... competition is a GOOD thing!!!! I think Dish will feel the heat of Directv's HDTV assault once all the new channels are up and running.....


Same here in AL. Its only $5 a month, but $5 is $5. Heck that covers half the HD Access fee or the DVR fee.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:01 PM

I just made a decision to get a Dish ViP722 and not to wait for Comcast High Def availability, though Comcast is my ISP, because I liked having my basic phone service with AT&T, my internet with my cable company, my tv service with Dish, and my cell phone with Verizon. I had some hope that the private personal data gathering process would be made harder by some small increment.

Incidentally, our phone service was from Pacific Bell that was bought up by SBC which became AT&T which bought up.... Well, that's old news, but our service did not improve with SBC nor AT&T - in fact we can't get DSL service. If it hadn't been for Adelphia (pre-bankruptcy) we wouldn't have cable high speed internet in our rural town. So I don't expect any big gain if AT&T buys Dish.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:21 PM

the new Dish AT&T


Remember...the at&t logo is really a Death Star in disguise.

If I was a DirecTV satellite, and this deal goes through, I’d be nervous out there...:eek2:

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:39 PM

As a DIRECTV guy, I'm actually interested to see how this pans out. This company, which until a couple of years ago was known as SBC (and before that Pacific Bell) has been on a mission to own every form of communication known to man, it seems. Smoke signals may be next.

Before SBC it was Ameritech, then SBC Ameritech in the Midwest at least.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:45 PM

I had some hope that the private personal data gathering process would be made harder by some small increment.


Since AT&T may now own Dish, that means one company will own 2 of your services... there goes that "hope" :)

Of course ISPs regularly sell your browsering habits (making $5 per month from your data) already - http://www.dslreport...Your-Data-87906

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:47 PM

This would certainly make the decision easy for AT&T as to which service to continue promoting. :D


U-serve is just spinning in dirt, so anything is possible. What about regulators? We've been down this dusty road before.:lol: :lol:

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:59 PM

Hey everyone, this is NOT good news by all means, at&t was always known to be more expensive then everyone else with there phone plans, and they dont have as good as a service then everyone else either for the money. I remeber being told you are better going with ANYONE else then AT&T, and save more money plus a better service, if this comes true, say bye bye to dish. What experience does AT&T have with this kind of industry anyways? They are a friggin phone company. First I hatted comcast and would never go back, but now Direct tv is looking like my last frontier for my tv pleasure,lets wait and se what happens. Thanks for being a sell out Charlie

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:09 PM

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The web site reports that AT&T has offered $55 a share, while the satcaster may be holding out for $65 a share. ...


At $65 a share Mr. Ergen could buy Manhattan Island. ( After paying off the $24 Lien from its original sale.)

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:09 PM

well maybe then ATT will allow bundling of my dish service.

The history of ATT is pretty topsy-turvy as is, but after the purchased the rest of Cingular (or however that went), I was able to bundle my cingular service into my ATT landline/DSL bill (and got a discount too).

So then they came out with Dish service and I thought GREAT - more bundling and discounts. Well, after talking with a few different CSR's on both sides (ATT and Dish), I was basically told that ATT cannot bundle existing customers. I guess when they made the deal (ATT to offer dish), they agreed that there must be at least a 6 month hiatus between Dish-provided DN service and ATT-provided DN service. UMMM OK - so I told the CSR that they'd rather lose me as a customer than just "switch" be to bundling. Not that big a deal, just seems kinda convoluted.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:18 PM

I think it may be a good move for them...they are needing to do what they can to compete with VoIP/cable providers like Cox, Comcast, and Verizon Fios. I would watch Mad Money today to see if the ski daddy mentions this in his show, seing as that "thestreet.com" is his company. They are the ones that broke this info. the stock is up 2.51 on this news...if the reports that E* will be looking for 65/share...they are dreaming...the $56 that AT&T will offer will be the highest they have seen since Q3 2000 when they were trading at 65
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:23 PM

"Dish Network is now The New at&t."

Great, can't wait to hear those ads!

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:23 PM

Well, this would be an interesting development. Dish announced a couple of days ago that they would like to split into two companies, a content delivery business and a hardware business and that Charlie would be the CEO of both. IF AT&T comes along and buys Dish then AT&T spins off the hardware division I would guess that Charlie would go with the hardware division, which is where he really started out in the satellite business those many years ago. Selling hardware and taking over hardware companies is how he got his start. A nice contract with AT&T would be a good start to the "new" hardware business.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:31 PM

U-serve is just spinning in dirt, so anything is possible. What about regulators? We've been down this dusty road before.:lol: :lol:


If they would ever expand U-verse into any other areas they might have a chance at pumping up the sub. base. But doesnt seem like they are concentrating on that at all




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