Will the AT&T/DirecTV merger benefit consumers?

“AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a deal both companies described as transformational as they seek to take on cable companies and online video providers, delivering content to multiple screens –on living room TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones,” reports the Associated Press.

With 5.7 million U-verse TV customers and 20.3 million DirecTV customers in the U.S., the combined AT&T-DirecTV would serve 26 million. That would make it the second-largest pay TV operator behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable, which would serve 30 million under a $45 billion merger proposed in February.

“What it does is it gives us the pieces to fulfill a vision we’ve had for a couple of years – the ability to take premium content and deliver it across multiple points: your smartphone, tablet, television or laptop,” AT&T’s Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said on a conference call with journalists Sunday.

Today’s Question: Will the AT&T/DirecTV merger benefit Minnesotans?

  • Joe

    Definitely not in the short run, and in the long run we’re all dead.

  • PaulJ

    It will probably be better for those who can afford it. The rest will be left waiting on the roof of the embassy.

  • JQP

    Yes,
    there will be fewer overlords to salute.

  • Gary F

    I currently have Direct TV, better reception that Dish Network, and way, way better service than Comcast.

    I do hope and pray they come out with a “dumbed down” version of Direct TV. Way, way too many options, to many buttons, too many junk channels, a very complicated remote control, and way to many stupid quirky things that some development department things are making my life easier that really know make it more difficult.