Belying his company's earlier claims that its proposed purchase of DirecTV could yield synergies of around $1.6 billion in regard to programming acquisitions, AT&T C hief S trategy Officer John Stankey said content costs could actually increase for the combined company if AT&T's ambitious programming goals are realized.
Pending approval of its $49 billion takeover of DirecTV, AT&T will bundle the satellite operator's pay-TV service with a wireless-broadband product capable of delivering download speeds of 15 Mbps and above, then deliver the package via a single dish to rural customers starting in 2015.
An attorneys general probe involving two-dozen states that is examining the legality of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been expanded to include AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
Tech startups are stridently warned these days not to become too dependent on giant online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Your page or video views might be sky high right now, but if your business model can be undone with the mere tweak of an algorithm, you don't really have much of a business.
DirecTV and Raycom Media announced a new broadcast retransmission deal Sunday, ending a six-day blackout and enabling viewers in key pro football markets including New Orleans to catch Sunday's opening-season games. Service to 37 TV markets was restored with the agreement.
DirecTV has renewed its broadcast retransmission deal with Dispatch Video, putting it back on the air on Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR and Columbus, Ohio indie WBNS, and ending a four-day blackout.
In one of the most aggressive TV Everywhere initiatives launched yet by a major broadcaster, Fox Sports will make 101 NFL games broadcast on the Fox network available this fall for streaming to subscribers of select pay-TV services.
Tiny cable operators are, understandably, praising the FCC's decision to exempt them from regulatory fees while simultaneously proposing that satellite operators Dish and DirecTV be subject to per-sub charges.
Nothing in the short life of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston has come easy, and that trend is continuing in the transfer of ownership in federal bankruptcy court. With a critical hearing scheduled for Thursday, Comcast has accused AT&T and DirecTV of holding back information in their quest to acquire the struggling RSN.
Broadcasters Raycom Media and Dispatch Video have pulled their channels off DirecTV after failing to come to a retrans agreement with the satellite operator by Aug. 31.