A few months back Murdoch spoke about the possibility with Charlie Rose from PBS. Murdoch said he thinks that if Dish and DirecTV decided to merge this year or next, it's likely they could this time around. The reason being is that there is more competition from Verizons FiOS TV services. If the companies merged it would save them 3 billion dollars in operating costs. Ergen came up with the cost savings figure, not Murdoch. So it's clear both have been rethinking the possibility. Just do a google on the topic and you will see what I mean, alot of articles were written about this.TNGTony said:This is one story that just WILL NOT GO AWAY!
A merger between Dish and Direct TV was already soundly rejected by the FCC and the Justice Dept! I don't see how a merger between DirecTV and Dish would be any different especially considering the new owner of DirecTV!
What does the presence of the land-based FIOS service in a very few US markets have to do with DBS competition? FIOS is a small player in the cable and telephone market, not the satellite market.cybrsurfer said:The reason being is that there is more competition from Verizons FiOS TV services.
It will never happen because Charlie wouldn't give up his power..Plain & Simple!monetnj said:I think it could happen this time around because Murdoch has some pretty powerful friends in Washington. Especially among the Republican party. Last time around, he wasn't too happy about losing out to Ergen on the bid to buy D*. Who knows, he may have influenced Washington in the negative back then, and then ended up with D*. Who know how this fits into the possible Liberty Media sale.