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Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger
Fox ^ | Matt Egan

Posted on 03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

In response to Comcast’s (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies.

The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers.

According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comcast; competition; directv; dish; hdtv; merger; prices; satellitetv; tv; twc
Team Obama is working hard to DIMINISH competition in the airline industry, news and entertainment, and health care. The goal? To create a nation of serfs.
1 posted on 03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Oh my gosh, I hope they work under Dish’s domain. I hated DirecTV.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 5:19:41 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Anti trust, monopoly? XM, Sirius merger really lowered the quality at XM. These mergers are not good IMO, everything run buy mega corporations (Amazon, big banks, et al) will have a very deleterious effect on the middle class in the long run.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 5:22:53 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathimatically challenged)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Would be nice if they could do a solid and fast internet service with a REALISTIC monthly data cap. They’ll never be able to compete in populated areas where cable is also available, without high speed internet.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 5:25:54 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Gotta fight the growing streaming market.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 5:27:35 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: Thorliveshere
Oh my gosh, I hope they work under Dish’s domain. I hated DirecTV.

Dittos on hating DirecTV!

6 posted on 03/27/2014 5:29:23 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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7 posted on 03/27/2014 5:32:18 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I had Dish for many many years, had to use a 2 meter dish back then, last spring I upgraded to HDTV and right from the start had nothing but problems.
After a couple months of run arounds and inept service I called up Direct TV, got more channels at a better price, most importantly the equipment worked, no more lost signals.

My only gripe is that Dish had a better search and record format, Direct is clunky and not so easy to navigate.
Tried to cancel Dish and they actually refused. They were good until I tried to use their HDTV in Alaska, maybe its only because of it in Alaska.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 5:32:28 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: SoFloFreeper

Look for those same serfs to “revolt”, mark my words.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 5:33:31 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SoFloFreeper

While I prefer Dish,I don’t like the union of the two. Competition is good.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 5:51:24 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Thorliveshere

You have backwards from my experience.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 5:57:07 AM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: redgolum
While I prefer Dish,I don’t like the union of the two. Competition is good.

Dittos!

12 posted on 03/27/2014 6:06:38 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: Thorliveshere

Ditto.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 6:11:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; Thorliveshere; Spartan302

I had Comcast for 7 years and got tired of my bill going up every couple of months. I kid you not, my monthly bill started out at $45 for basic plus HBO & Showtime and after 7 years, the bill was in excess of $90 for basic alone, (after dropping HBO & Showtime) and that was with a VCR.

So… I dropped Comcast and went with Dish. Dish’s service was fine for the first two years (and $65 monthly bill) until the initial contract expired and then the service went to down-hill. Put up with so-so service and increasing monthly costs for another two years. After 4 years, the Dish bill was up to $115 a month.

So… Switched to Verizon’s FIOS. All I’ll say is that listed 3 months. (worst TV provider EVER!)

Finally switched to DirectTV. Got the middle tier, high def programming, with whole home DVR, local channels, and three separate high def receivers for the three other TVs and my monthly bill has stayed rock solid at $95 a month for 3 years now. The only time I’ve lost a signal was during a severe thunder storm.

So, I hope they DON’T merge! But if they do, I hope DirectTV takes the lead.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 6:12:10 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: KoRn

I agree. When we had satellite TV I asked about their internet service. It was very expensive, so much so that they weren’t competitive.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 6:13:29 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Las Vegas Dave

If they do merge, I hope it cancels out my contract with Directv so I will no longer have to pay for the junk that is available. I go days without turning on TV. I especially avoid the “news”.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 6:13:53 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So you’re saying the Commerce Department should refuse to allow these mergers to go through?


17 posted on 03/27/2014 6:16:58 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Thorliveshere
Oh my gosh, I hope they work under Dish’s domain. I hated DirecTV.

I've had both. Most recently DirecTV. Never had a problem with either company. I did have a problem with a third-party installer with Dish Network. Dish Network handled it superbly. I've had nothing but good customer service from both.

18 posted on 03/27/2014 6:18:15 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Thorliveshere

Regardless of the domain, the only things coming out of the merger will be higher prices, worse service, massive layoffs, and larger executive bonuses.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 6:18:45 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m not posting as a holier than though “I ditched cable and satellite” type. Truth is, there a few channels I really like; only problem is there are 400+ channels I don’t like and didn’t want to sponsor with high cable/satellite monthly bills because my channels we’re in multiple “packages”. Hence, none of it for me minus my lowly DSL line and some netflix. I think cable and satellite would see an absolute boom if they went a la cart with their programming. I know I would join back up and I know the technology exists. Would a lot of channels die? Yup, capitalism at it’s finest.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

DishTV is weaker financially.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:09 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: DoodleDawg

I think the government ought to encourage the best possible conditions for competition in the market.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 6:30:40 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
I think the government ought to encourage the best possible conditions for competition in the market.

And would you agree that this merger would lessen competition in the market?

23 posted on 03/27/2014 6:34:51 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Spartan302
I had Dish for many many years, had to use a 2 meter dish back then, last spring I upgraded to HDTV and right from the start had nothing but problems. After a couple months of run arounds and inept service I called up Direct TV, got more channels at a better price, most importantly the equipment worked, no more lost signals.

I've had DISH a long time, at least over 10 years, currently in HD. Never had a problem. My only complaint is the price of having to buy packages of crap in order to get the 6 or 8 channels we watch.

24 posted on 03/27/2014 6:41:26 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: ruesrose

Will we ever get “a la carte tv”?


25 posted on 03/27/2014 6:43:43 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: ops33

Hughesnet has a very good/fast satellite internet service, and its ‘two-way’. In the past, satellite internet did downstream data with the dish, and any upload traffic was transmitted via dialup modem. Made it impractical. The biggest drawback of their service now is the monthly data caps are too low, and that’s how they tier their pricing. Even their highest plan is only somewhere around 20GB per month, and I can blow through that in two or three days if I’m busy, and we also have kids that use it. After you hit the cap, they throttle you back to dialup type speed, and you might as well shut your computers down if you’re regulated to that.

I suppose the service is great for those who live out in very rural areas and have no other options for internet access, with maybe a couple of people using it, who may only use the internet for web pages/email, with an OCCASIONAL streaming media session, but anyone doing more than that should just stay away from it.

It’s a good start I guess. I think they’ll open it up some when they realize that they’ll get more customers if they implement a reasonable data usage policy. I could have lived with it, had they throttled the speeds back to something more reasonable than dialup speed, like maybe 1mbps. Their speed is around 10mbps before you hit the data cap.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 6:52:09 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn
I installed a digital antenna in my attic and ran RG6 to wall plates in most of my homes rooms. Reception is fantastic and HD in 720p and 1080i blows satellite HD away because they used compressed signals.

I did just cancel my Dish subscription I had for over 10 years. I wanted to get new equipment and qualify for the new customer discounts. With Dish you have to wait 90 days to get new service with the promos. With Direct TV it is two years!

The feature I like that Dish receivers have that Direct does not is that they have an over the air coax input on their receivers. You can then navigate to a page where you can scan your over the air locals. Then those channels will show up in your program guide right along with your satellite channels. They will be displayed in a different color. An awesome feature. No switching inputs.

I probably get close to 35 over the air channels not available on DISH. ME TV is one example.

27 posted on 03/27/2014 7:27:05 AM PDT by CodeJockey (Christian, Freeper, Tea Party Member, Bitter Clinger, Creepy White Cracker)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I prefer Directv.

I wish they would come up with a plan where I pay x and get only the channels I want and not 500 or so when I only watch 4-5.


28 posted on 03/27/2014 7:36:49 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Thorliveshere

Have to go opposite of you...DISH absolutely sucked for us and DirecTV has been practically flawless...

I guess everyone will have their own issues with each provider...


29 posted on 03/27/2014 7:44:02 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: DoodleDawg

Why do you ask? These seem to be basic concept queries that ate obviously answered, aren’t they?


30 posted on 03/27/2014 7:51:29 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

Oh no, I had the worst experience with DirecTV. The installation was a nightmare. Didn’t help that were right on the border of satellite signals—almost a “no man’s land,” but their solutions to the problem were just ridiculous, cumbersome and jacked up the bill. So, we said sayanora. Dish was much more accommodating and there was no problem with the satellites or nothing.

However, we are at the tipping point for the bill. If it goes higher, it’s time for Roku or Chromecast, or something...with grocery bills as high as they are, something has to give.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 8:23:09 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: DoodleDawg
larger executive bonuses.

You know, I'm one of the first to be against the whole class warfare mentality, but you're right, the more this happens, the more it's hard to defend. I'm sick of companies giving out golden parachutes and such. I don't want government involvement, I'd like to have companies figure it out on their own.
32 posted on 03/27/2014 8:28:34 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Holder didn’t let ATT buy T-Mobile. He sure as hell better not let these two merge. It would create evil to the second power.


33 posted on 03/27/2014 8:32:33 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: KoRn
Their speed is around 10mbps before you hit the data cap.

I currently have Charter and my download speeds run 80 to 100 mgb, but I also have 400 channels that I don't watch. They recently went to switched digital service so had to add another adapter to my Tivo.

34 posted on 03/27/2014 11:54:05 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for RINOs is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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