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Two top senators listed their concerns with the pending merger between EchoStar and DirecTV, asking the Justice Department's antitrust officials to "carefully consider the likely competitive effects" that could result from the proposed combination.

Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, said in a letter sent to DOJ officials that the merger "has the potential to result in substantial loss in price and service competition."

On the delivery of all local TV channels to the nation's 210 DMAs, something the two DBS companies said they can do only if they combine operations, the senators said, "some believe the two companies already have the technical ability and the necessary spectrum to provide local channels in all of these markets."

In response, EchoStar said in a statement that the letter "addresses the appropriate concerns that will also be reviewed by the DOJ and FCC. The detailed information they refer to has been provided to the Justice Department and the FCC, such as the limited number of markets satellite providers can reach without the merger. We are confident that after a thorough review, the merger will be approved for its many consumer benefits."

Meanwhile, EchoStar and FOX reportedly worked through the weekend on a retransmission consent agreement covering delivery of FOX owned-and-operated stations to DISH Network customers.

EchoStar said if no agreement is reached, the earliest possible shutoff of the stations would be today (Monday) at midnight. The agreement affects 21 owned and operated FOX stations, two UPN stations and one independent station.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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