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DirecTV has notably turned a cold shoulder to big launches of regional sports networks recently, shunning TimeWarner SportsNet LA, the Pac-12 Network and CSN Houston, for example. Why will things be different for the SEC Network, the new ESPN-backed channel focused on Southeastern Conference sports that launches in August?
The American Cable Association is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to impose regulatory fees on DBS providers DirecTV and Dish Network equal to those currently charged to cable providers.
William Rogerson, a former FCC chief economist and noted critic of the 2010 merger of Comcast and NBCUniversal, will be part of the team that oversees the Federal Communications Commission as it makes crucial regulatory rulings on the pending Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim will buy AT&T's stake in América Móvil for $5.6 billion, further tightening his grip on the Mexican telecommunications giant. AT&T had been expected to sell its holding in América Móvil as a way to ease regulatory passage of its proposed $49 billion deal for DirecTV.
Top officials for AT&T and DirecTV are set to make the case for their proposed $49 billion merger in back-to-back hearings in the House and Senate Tuesday, but will be greeted by testimony from several dissonant voices.
Wading through a merger deal that was made 15 years ago, a Minnesota federal court has ruled that DirecTV cannot drop lightly watched channels Reelz and Ovation TV.
With the top four pay-TV services seeking regulatory approvals to combine into just two companies, the major media conglomerates are seriously pondering their own unions to offset what could be an advantage in bargaining power.
Kicking the tires on AT&T's claims to federal regulators last week that its proposed purchase of DirecTV will result in all kinds of consumer price benefits through bundled services, analyst Craig Moffett told investors Monday that AT&T has a "fundamental misunderstanding" of bundling economics.
Giving further shape to the regulatory gauntlet the proposed AT&T/DirecTV merger will have to run, the Senate Judiciary committee announced Friday that it will hold a hearing on the matter June 24.