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Originally posted by Charlie Eargan
GM wants the cash and DTV is a continuous money loser, partly due to incredible churn rate and partly due to poor security. Who else but Rupert has any stomach for this?
You're right that G.M. wants the cash. But, keep in mind that there are perfectly legal ways to present a best case financial scenario (makes the stockholders happy) or a worst case financial scenario (positively impacts the tax situation). While the Hughes/DirecTV unit consistently "loses" money on paper, the fact is, it does generate considerable revenue. A good portion of this paper "loss" can be accounted for by the constant equipment and programming rebates and promos. As for the churn rate assertion, there is still a net gain in subscribership nearly every quarter. Lest anyone forget, Dish Network's vaunted security has also been effectively hacked. There is one big reason more attention is lavished on hacking DirecTV(tm), though: programming - particularly NFL Sunday Ticket.
 
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