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If at first you don't succeed, try and try again until the FCC approves of a merger

About 6 years ago two of America's largest satellite media companies sought each other for a merger with no luck as the government would not approve a move to create a potential monopoly. 2006 has been quite a year in mergers and acquisitions and there has been a few hints on some more talks of DirecTV and EchoStar coming together from none other than Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the company that owns DirecTV. According to, Murdoch has stated that the federal government would most likely approve a DirecTV-EchoStar merger.

If it weren't for other events that hint at the two satellite/communications giants working together, Murdoch's statement would just be another meaningless statement. However, DirecTV and EchoStart have recently joined to bid on wireless airwaves in the United States and DirecTV's own CFO has stated that there are interests in a merger between the two.

EchoStar owns DirecTV's main competitor, DISH Network, which is why the initial merger was shot down in 2002. But since then there have been a number of new satellite TV offerings by various media companies to reduce a possible monopolistic practice. However, a joining of forces between DirecTV and EchoStar will mean that the only satellite media providers they will have to compete with are the smaller fish in the sea.

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RE: Dish/Directv vs The Cable Co's
By Cobra84 on 7/26/2006 7:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
Dish and Directv compete directly with the Cable Co's

Not necessarily, a lot of satellite subscribers can't get cable.

RE: Dish/Directv vs The Cable Co's
By AlexWade on 7/26/2006 8:45:08 PM , Rating: 1
And some cable subscribers can't get satellite due to covenances in subdivisions bigger than the Bible.

RE: Dish/Directv vs The Cable Co's
By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 7/27/2006 10:07:08 AM , Rating: 2
Not necessairly. If your "service location" happens to be in the broadcast area of your favorite NFL team, you can get the local channels that carry your team's games. The "billing location" can be different.

By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 7/27/2006 10:08:03 AM , Rating: 2
whoops, wrong spot. replied to the message below about the NFL

RE: Dish/Directv vs The Cable Co's
By Araxen on 7/27/2006 5:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
Directv couldn't afford to lose it's core customers if they started "gouging" their customers. They can't survive just on the people who live in BFE which isn't a big part of their base.

The idea they'll start gouging their customers if they merged with Dish is absurd.

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