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Ergen: “DISH, DirecTV will melt away without merger”

Charlie Ergen, speaking to analysts following his company’s results announcement, said that without a merger between DirecTV and his own DISH Network the risk is that transmissions from the tow pay-TV operators “will just melt away”. Ergen repeated his previous statements that a merger was inevitable. “The regulatory reasons to not allow [a merger] don’t […]

February 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

Dish and DirecTV: What about the satellites?

At the moment, any merger plan between Dish Network and AT&T’s DirecTV is just behind the scenes talk. But it could happen, and if so, how would the pair start saving cash? The usual synergy promises will trim head-count and the marketing and advertising budgets would be trimmed. But what about those orbital assets? The […]

January 18, 2022

DISH, DirecTV renew merger talks

AT&T’s DirecTV and Charlie Ergen’s DISH Network have reportedly resumed talks regarding merging their DTH operations – and a deal could be close. The New York Post says it has learned that discussions are again taking place despite past anti-trust concerns that such discussions would never pass muster with the competition authorities. The Post says […]

January 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

AT&T up… on HBO numbers as it spins-off

AT&T ended the third quarter with 69.4 million global subscribers to HBO Max and HBO, up 12.5 million from a year ago and 1.9 million from the previous quarter. Total direct-to-consumer subscription revenue rose 25 per cent. AT&T is backing out of D2C, spinning off DirecTV this year, and has made a deal to sell […]

October 21, 2021

Report: STB initiative saves $2bn+ in energy costs

US consumers saved $2.2 billion (€1.9bn) in energy costs in 2020 thanks to a voluntary agreement between the pay-TV industry and energy efficiency advocates. The agreement, led by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and CableLabs has cut energy usage of set-top boxes by more than half in the […]

August 24, 2021

AT&T OTT becomes DirecTV Stream

AT&T’s TV broadband products, including its NOW service, will this week change to DirecTV Stram as part of the shift to a relaunch as a standalone business under new investor TPG Capital. Most subscribers to the AT&T-branded OTT services started to receive official notifications of the change on August 14th, and warned of the name […]

August 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Research: US pay-TV sheds 1.2m subs in Q2

Findings from Leichtman Research Group indicate that the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market – lost about 1,230,000 net video subscribers in Q2 2021, compared to a pro forma net loss of about 1,505,000 in Q2 2020. The top pay-TV providers now account for about 77.6 […]

August 18, 2021

Ergen: DirecTV/DISH merger “inevitable”

Charlie Ergen, speaking to analysts on the DISH Network post-results analysts call, again touched on the prospects for a merger between DirecTV and Ergen’s DISH, saying a combination was “inevitable”. While the question and prospects of a merger have been discussed for some time, Ergen told analysts that, as he had said before, “that those […]

August 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

AT&T, TPG close DirecTV deal

US multiplay telco AT&T and TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, have closed their transaction establishing a new company named DirecTV. This new company will own and operate the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services previously owned and operated by AT&T. DirecTV had approximately 15.4 million premium video […]

August 3, 2021

DirecTV to stand on its own in August

AT&T is expected to close the spin-off of its DirecTV and other pay-TV operations in early August. The new division will be part-owned (30 per cent) by TPG (the former Texas Pacific Group) while AT&T holds onto 70 per cent. AT&T CFO Pascal Desroches told equity analysts during the wireless company’s Q2/2021 earnings call that […]

July 27, 2021By Chris Forrester