You Can't Polish A "Turd Bird"
from the fly,-dernit dept
Rupert Murdoch has apparently called DirecTV a “turd bird” (via Broadband Reports and is looking to sell News Corp.’s stake in it to Liberty Media. The epithet and interest in selling was apparently down to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s comments that the Commission wouldn’t look favorably at a merger between DirecTV and Echostar, its smaller rival which runs Dish Network. Back in 2002, the FCC shot down a previous merger attempt, and apparently Martin still thinks such a deal would be anti-competitive. This wouldn’t be the first time Martin has been confused about competition, but it’s no less puzzling. A combined DirecTV-Echostar would presumably be a stronger company than two independent ones — and better placed to compete with cable TV companies, not to mention the new TV services from telcos. How is that anti-competitive? Leaving DirecTV and Echostar struggling on their own and unable to develop a broadband plan is the threat to consumers and competition. Does anti-competitive mean that the combined entity would be able to compete too well against Martin’s incumbent friends?