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post #1 of 12 Old 11-15-2012, 01:28 PM - Thread Starter
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Here's a link about the lastest merger of D* & Dish:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/dish-seen-in-directv-s-orbit-as-growth-stalls-real-m-a.html
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-15-2012, 01:37 PM
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No thank you. I don't want no stinking Charlie in my house.
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I think Charlie could be a great asset overseeing legal issues that the combined company may encounter. The only problem is he'd be a great asset for the other side.

What would the new company be called? ED*? Maybe not. It may imply them to be a soft competitor. Making big promises but coming up short. Bad customer service because the time isn't right. Many could lose interest and look elsewhere for a satisfactory provider.
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What would the new company be called?

How about USSB? smile.gif

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No thank you. I don't want no stinking Charlie in my house.
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I think Charlie could be a great asset overseeing legal issues that the combined company may encounter.
DirecTV pretty much avoids the legal issues to begin with...so they don't have a need for a Charlie to oversee them.
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No thank you. I don't want no stinking Charlie in my house.

Ditto for cheapass Mike White; I want to actually have a shot at getting some new basic HD, BEFORE the end of the decade, thank you. tongue.gif

FWIW, in NO way, shape or form, am I for a DBS merger. It will ONLY lead to higher prices, less innovation, less prog &/or more prog fights.
NO good EVER comes out of these mergers, at least for the subscribers... eek.gifmad.gif
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Analysts love these mergers, they say 'reduced cost, better synergy and efficiency'. The execution is always way higher profits and not reduced prices for the customer, and in this case now they'll have a monopoly on service for many areas with little incentive to compete on price (except for cord cutters).

The feds will never let this happen unless one of them is on the verge of going out of business, so it's all just moot speculation anyway.
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The Sirius / XM merger got approved even though that was pretty much seen as a monopoly. They might have paved the way for DirecTV.
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Keep Dish as far away from my Directv as possible please.
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The Sirius / XM merger got approved even though that was pretty much seen as a monopoly. They might have paved the way for DirecTV.

..and Sirius ruined XM.....

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The Sirius / XM merger got approved even though that was pretty much seen as a monopoly. They might have paved the way for DirecTV.
Both those companies were seen as sliding into the abyss at the time. The fact is, there was nothing to gain from having two satellite radio companies with most people going toward MP3 players and streaming music services, even in the car. It's likely one or both would be done in by now had they not combined, leaving the same or worse situation than now.

With D* and E*, both companies are relatively healthy. Plus, there are many areas where they're the only option to watch TV - especially with the latest push to sell off OTA spectrum to the wireless companies (which will be of zero benefit to the very people who depend on OTA the most).

The only possible benefit to this deal would be the ability to greatly expand and enhance satellite internet services with the combine spectrum. That's not a good enough reason to allow it, in my opinion.

Finally, the idea that fiber-based services are somehow a replacement for the competition of two satellite companies is bogus. Those services are far from widespread (especially in more remote areas) and expansion of those services is all but over for any new markets.

If I had to wager on anyone making a deal with E*, it would be AT&T, who already has an existing relationship with them and could benefit from their assets.
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If I had to wager on anyone making a deal with E*, it would be AT&T, who already has an existing relationship with them and could benefit from their assets.

ATT&E* ?
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