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What the AT&T/DirecTV merger, 600 MHz auction rules and new spectrum screen mean for M&A in wireless

Now that AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV is official, and the FCC's rules for the spectrum screen and the 600 MHz auction are finalized, the merger-and-acquisition landscape in the wireless industry is now much, much clearer. Specifically, the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US appears significantly more daunting, and a Verizon purchase of Dish Network's spectrum appears somewhat more likely.

AT&T and DirecTV bank on size to control programming costs

The sheer size of a merged AT&T-DirecTV entity should result in overall better video offerings and prices for consumers, executives from both companies suggested during a webcast detailing the proposed $48.5 billion acquisition.

DirecTV, AT&T merger will 'redefine the video entertainment industry'

Calling DirecTV the best video provider in the business, AT&T CEO/Chairman Randall Stephenson made video delivery across all screens--television and mobile devices--a key point in an investor call discussing its $48.5 billion acquisition of the satellite pay-TV provider.

Analysts: AT&T's DirecTV purchase could push Dish to strike a wireless partnership

AT&T's announcement that it will buy DirecTV in a $49 billion deal leaves Dish Network once again without a potential partner or suitor. However, analysts say the deal could be what pushes Dish and its Chairman Charlie Ergen to find a long-term wireless partner.

AT&T-DirecTV combo promises new challenges for Comcast-TWC merger

AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion poses multiple challenges for the cable industry and, specifically, for Comcast's ongoing effort to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion.

AT&T to purchase DirecTV in $49B deal

AT&T agreed to purchase DirecTV in a $49 billion deal that will make the telecom company a major powerhouse in the pay-TV market. AT&T will gain DirecTV's 20 million U.S. subscribers as well as access to a portfolio of content that AT&T will be able to distribute across mobile, video and broadband platforms.

AT&T dealmakers apply their magic to M&A

A team of internal merger-and-acquisition wizards conjured up a succession of deals over two decades that turned Midwestern regional telco Southwestern Bell into AT&T, now the largest U.S. telecom carrier by revenue. And although this famed merger team was frustrated in its attempt to close a merger deal with T-Mobile US in 2011 after antitrust authorities stepped in, it is still chasing deals both large and small.

Media deals drive lift in M&A prices

Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not necessarily expected to punch up the volume of dealmaking this year, but it is expected to boost prices, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

AT&T, DirecTV reportedly in talks for $50B merger

AT&T is in talks to buy DirecTV for at least $50 billion--and if the two companies can come to terms, it would create a 26-million subscriber video powerhouse which would rival Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Dish Network adds 40K video, 53K broadband subs, but net income drops

Dish Network had a successful first quarter when it came to adding subscribers to the fold and generating revenue. The company wasn't quite as successful when it came to net income.