DirecTV Backpedaling On Wireless Broadband?

from the softly-softly dept

DirecTV's been talking for a while about its idea to create a nationwide broadband wireless network. It's supposed to detail its plans sometime before the end of March, having already said it was in talks with rival Echostar about partnering on the network. But in a Wall Street Journal article today about DirecTV's new video-download service, its CEO says "it's not clear" if the company will actually build a network, and will only do so if the move makes sense. That sounds like some pretty serious backtracking, given the way he and News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch have been talking up to this point. We've been a little skeptical of the plans, noting that the $1 billion figure the company has said would it spend really wouldn't go that far in building out a huge wireless network. It's hard to imagine that DirecTV would come this far and talk its plans up so much, only to back out at the last second -- so who are they posturing for?


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 9:29am

    wsj.com login

    "about DirecTV's new video-download service" linked to wsj.com

    Blah! stupid wall street journal. gotta login to read their linked article.

    time to make a new fake account - when will these silly companies realise that asking people to give provide user information is useless, especially when many user provide false data, making the company's collected data useless http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20040206/1736229_F.shtml

     

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    Firefox User, Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 10:36am

    Re: wsj.com login

    If you use Firefox, you can use the bugmenot extension to log you in :) You can also goto the bugmenot website to get a login id (for IE users).

     

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    Carlo, Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 10:59am

    Re: wsj.com login

    Sorry about that. I thought I'd put in the URL that would let non-subscribers read it, but I used the wrong one. It should be fixed now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 12:07pm

    Re: wsj.com login

    I appreciate your quick followup Carlo. thanks!

     

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