Report: AT&T Eyeing $40B DirecTV Purchase
May 1, 2014 8:00 AM
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Deal would likely face regulatory scrutiny
Communications giant AT&T is looking at making a big purchase that would secure it one of the most popular satellite TV networks in the U.S. AT&T is said to be considering a purchase of DirecTV in a deal that could be worth $40 billion.
If AT&T buys DirecTV, it would make the combined company roughly the size of Comcast. Comcast earlier this year
announced its intentions to acquire Time Warner Cable
for just over $45 billion. A combined TWC and Comcast would have around 30 million subscribers. If AT&T and DirecTV combined, they would boast 26 million TV subscribers including the 6 million people on the AT&T’s U-Verse TV service.
The AT&T and DIRECTV deal would likely face stiff regulatory scrutiny – just as Comcast is
expected to receive
-- thanks to the size of the combined entity.
No official comments from AT&T or DirecTV have been offered at this time.
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Abuse us as you see fit
5/1/2014 9:50:53 AM
We are Borg... Assimilate us all. Choice is but an illusion.
RE: Abuse us as you see fit
5/1/2014 9:59:49 AM
How would this rob anyone of choice though? AT&T would still be an option in the cell arena. DirecTV would still be a satellite provider. U-Verse would still be an option for IPTV.
If anything then maybe U-Verse customers might have access to Sunday Ticket. Assuming DirecTV successfully wins the rights again next year (I'm hoping they don't).
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