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(PCWorld)   When you're a major wireless company, you buy a television provider. When you buy a television provider, people look at you funny. When people look at you funny, you'll get your ass kicked. Don't become a wireless company. Buy DirecTV   ( divider line
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2014-05-02 08:13:17 PM  

dramatools: AT&T needs to concentrate on growing U-verse's footprint, because they get nothing from DirecTV, save for sticking it to CenturyLink.There is no value in building out DSL then selling Sat TV alongside it when they can build out VDSL.  The only thing that makes sense is to bleed DirecTV's subscriber base as U-verse spreads, then sell the business and those remaining rural customers to somebody with a lot of money to burn.

It isn't about the service per se, it is really about the subscribers and the exclusive content deals. By increasing the number of subscribers, they can get better deals from content providers, and they get the NFL Sunday Ticket stuff, which they can now extend to their U-verse base.  The get a total ot ~27 Millin subscribers together I believe (20+ for Dish, 6+ for u-verse)
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