DISH and DirecTV were not originally marketed as cable replacements. They provided service to those who had no other options. My property that I used to live on, still doesn't have access to anything other than dialup internet (and only 28.8k, 56k doesn't even work). There is no cable, no DSL. When I lived there, there was no coverage from any wireless phone providers either, had to drive about a mile away to get a signal. I don't think people realize just how many people live in underserved areas, where DirecTV/DISH are the only options for TV services. I do not agree that they should merge, there should be competition to keep prices in check, or they should be regulated by the government to make sure prices are kept in check (which no one really wants).