AT&T's management thinks it might be able to offer DirecTV's National Football League Sunday Ticket service to its wireless customers, according to analysts who attended a meeting with the company. The possibility is being floated as AT&T prepares to try to get the company's proposed $49 billion deal for DirecTV approved by regulators.
Amid the avalanche of coverage for the proposed $49 billion takeover of DirecTV by AT&T over the last two weeks, the satellite pay-TV service's infiltration into the Latin American market has been largely an afterthought.
Time Warner Cable is simply demanding too much licensing money for its new SportsNet LA regional sports channel, and a lynchpin deal with DirecTV likely won't occur during the initial focal point of the new outlet, the 2014 Dodgers baseball season.
AT&T told the federal government Tuesday that its proposed acquisition of DirecTV will give it the leverage it needs to cut spiraling program costs by 20 percent.
Being bundled with broadband high-speed data will boost AT&T U-verse television going into the second quarter of the fiscal year, the carrier predicted in an update on its Project VIP network investment. The bundle, in fact, "reinforces the strategic rationale of AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV," the company said.
Claiming that $49 billion is not enough to pay for a satellite TV programming service "on the rise," a Los Angeles shareholder has filed a class action suit against AT&T and DirecTV over their proposed merger.
Right-wing media company Newsmax announced Thursday that it will launch a new pay TV channel intended to challenge incumbent Fox News for cable news audience share and advertisers.
A high-profile voice in the pay-TV programming arena chimed in on Comcast's proposed $45 million purchase of Time Warner Cable.
Kicking the tires on the widely held belief that AT&T's proposed $49.5 billion purchase of DirecTV will sail through the regulatory approval process, media analyst Craig Moffett crunched some of the key numbers federal officials will be looking at when they decide to approve or nix the deal.
Is former News Corp. president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin the man who is going to make the $49.5 billion AT&T/DirecTV merger work?