Dish And DirecTV Figure If XM And Sirius Can Merge...

from the try-try-again dept

You may remember back in 2001 that EchoStar, then owners of the DISH Network, tried to buy DirecTV from then owner Hughes (who was owned by GM at the time). However, after the Justice Department said no to the deal over antitrust concerns, it fell apart. However, the rumors going around are that the two companies (now just DISH Network and DirecTV, sans various parent companies) are thinking about trying again. Apparently, they believe that the regulatory and competitive environment that doomed round 1 wouldn't happen in round 2. And, of course, this time around, they can point to the fact that the two satellite radio systems, XM and Sirius, were allowed to merge (even if it took a year and a half).
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Filed Under: antitrust, mergers, satellite tv
Companies: directv, dish network


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    DanB, 7 Aug 2008 @ 8:08am

    Murdoch

    Thanks Benjamin... I stand corrected.

    Also Murdoch's company that hacked Dish, received a 1500.00 dollar fine for hacking one card. So the Jury was not convinced of any major wrong doing. Still the NDS story is filled with intrique.

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