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AT&T can’t find buyer for DirecTV Latino

AT&T is struggling to find a potential buyer for its DirecTV Latin American satellite DTH business which trades as Vrio. Bloomberg reports that AT&T’s CEO John Stankey is looking to dump non-essential and non-performing divisions under the AT&T umbrella. It lists the AT&T divisions now up for sale and which includes the whole or part […]

September 11, 2020By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Dish, DirecTV merger poses risks

A report from Standard & Poors Market Intelligence (S&P) by Sarah Barry-James suggests that the potential for some sort of ‘merger’ between AT&T’s DirecTV and Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network poses risks. Ergen is on the record as saying that a combination of the two DTH pay-TV giants is “inevitable”. But S&P reminds readers that Constantine […]

September 4, 2020By Chris Forrester

Analyst: DirecTV losing subs at 18% annually

While the market assesses the probability of AT&T divesting its 100 per cent ownership of DirecTV, it is clear that there are currently more questions than answers. Analysts at MoffettNathanson (MN), in a note to clients,

September 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

Now AT&T puts Xandr on sale

Ad company Xandr is the the next candidate for reducing AT&T’s $150 billion+ debt, according to Reuters. Xandr came out of AT&T’s $1.6 billion acquisition of ad tech firm AppNexus in 2018. It is meant to give advertisers targeting through AT&T consumer data across phone, Internet and TV services. AT&T spent $135 billion including the […]

September 2, 2020

AT&T looks to sell DirecTV

AT&T has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to advise it on a sale of its DTH pay-TV operation DirecTV. AT&T bought DirecTV back in 2015 and – including the operator’s borrowings – paid some $67 billion overall ($49 billion plus debts). But the AT&T purchase happened with the rise and rise of rival content bouquets […]

September 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

DirecTV joins Movies Anywhere  

Cloud-based digital movie ownership scheme Movies Anywhere has confirmed that DirecTV will be joining its digital retailer family, providing another way for users to bring their favourite digital movies together from across different digital retailer accounts and platforms, all in one place. Movies Anywhere is celebrating DirecTV’s launch with a limited-time promotion. Running through September […]

August 18, 2020

AT&T sells DirecTV Venezuela

DirecTV’s Venezuela unit is being bought by a Chilean-based venture capital business. The new owner, Scale Capital, says it will provide a free service to existing subscribers to compensate for recent outages, according to Bloomberg. The former boss of the unit, Alexander Elorragia, will be a director of the new business. DirecTV has been stuck […]

August 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

Report: Streaming leads US customer satisfaction

Americans staying home are happier with their Internet and subscription TV service, according to the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2019-2020 from The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Video streaming maintains its status leading customer satisfaction Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way Americans work and how they spend their leisure time. With stay-at-home and work-from-home becoming a […]

June 9, 2020

Venezuela arrests 3 DirecTV execs

Venezuelan authorities have jailed three local DirecTV executives under an arrest warrant issued after the Dallas-based company abruptly cut off services to the South American country last month, citing US sanctions against the socialist government, the men’s lawyer said Friday and reported by Associated Press. Carlos Villamizar, one of the three men, told reporters in […]

June 8, 2020By Chris Forrester