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TPG taking AT&T share?

There are unconfirmed reports that TPG (the former Texas Pacific Group) is to take a significant but minority stake in AT&T’s DirecTV business. Reuters reported that discussions were at an advanced stage some weeks ago, and the stake is understood to include AT&T’s TV NOW and U-verse offerings.  CNBC and Bloomberg are both reporting on […]

February 24, 2021By Chris Forrester

TPG eyes DirecTV

TPG, the former Texas Pacific Group, is in exclusive talks to acquire a stake in AT&T’s DirecTV. TPG Capital is a private equity investment giant headquartered in San Francisco. Multiple reports say that TPG is now in the lead to make a move on AT&T’s DirecTV, although news sources differ in the possible size of […]

January 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

Does anyone want DirecTV?

It seems there are very few bidders for AT&T’s pay-TV assets, which includes DirecTV. Reports suggest that AT&T has allowed its deadline to slip into January to allow other potential bidders to enter the process, but it is also suggested that unless it receives better offers it might cancel the auction altogether. As far back […]

December 22, 2020

AT&T ups DirecTV prices again

AT&T has announced another series of price rises for its DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers in the US. It will hike prices by up to $9 a month starting on January 17th 2021. “Due to increased programming costs, we’re adjusting the price of our video packages,” AT&T said in a notice on its website. “Periodically, TV […]

November 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Nielsen adds addressable measurement

Measurement and data analytics company Nielsen is adding addressable measurement to its National TV currency. Through strategic data integrations, Nielsen will add ~55 million devices across smart TVs and set-top boxes to help scale addressable TV. Nielsen’s addressable measurement will include AT&T’s DirecTV, DISH, Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising and addressable campaigns on VIZIO that utilise […]

November 12, 2020

Churchill Capital eyes DirecTV

A special acquisition business, Churchill Capital, is amongst a growing number of companies looking at AT&T’s pay-TV assets. Churchill Capital raised $2.07 billion in July and there are numerous reports that they are interested in making a bid for certain AT&T assets. Also with an interest in the proceedings is Apollo Global Management is said […]

November 6, 2020By Chris Forrester

AT&T still contemplating selling part of DirecTV

AT&T is still considering selling off a “significant minority stake in DirecTV”. According to a report by business news channel CNBC, various Venture Capitalist funds, including Apollo Management, are planning to make bids. However, the bad news for AT&T is that the cash under consideration would value DirecTV at less than $15 billion. That’s a […]

November 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

DoJ thwarts Dish/DirecTV merger

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has ruled out any sort of merger between Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network and arch-rival AT&T’s DirecTV. The two pay-TV giants are both losing subscribers and a merger between them has long been mooted, not least by Ergen who has frequently said that a merger was inevitable. However, the New […]

October 16, 2020By Chris Forrester

Bids coming in for DirecTV

Reports from the US say that pay-TV giant DirecTV, owned by telco AT&T, is definitely up for sale and that some bids are already being submitted. The New York Post said that “lowball bids” were actively being made and coming mostly from private equity interests. Goldman Sachs is handling the process. The newspaper says that […]

October 8, 2020By Chris Forrester

Satellite operator consolidation unlikely

The prospects of some sort of merger of satellite operators in North America, between Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network and AT&T’s DirecTV, or perhaps a European consolidation between SES and Eutelsat, has generated plenty of media comment over the past weeks. However, a virtual meeting of senior executives on September 24 at the Avia (Asia Video […]

September 30, 2020