Originally Posted by aparch
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.