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WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2015

AT&T SATELLITE ERA BEGINS

AT&T CLOSES DIRECTV DEAL AFTER GOVERNMENT OK
WASHINGTON—After more than a year of review, AT&T closed its planned purchase of DirecTv on July 24 after receiving the final government approvals it needed from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T'S STANKEY TAKES SATELLITE TV CENTER STAGE
When AT&T’s John T. Stankey takes the reins of DirecTv from Mike White soon after the telephone company completes its purchase of the nation’s largest DBS service—which, at press time was expected to take place any moment—he will not be as much of mystery to satellite TV and cable industries as White was on Nov. 18, 2009.

FCC READY TO NIX DISH NETWORK BID DISCOUNT
WASHINGTON—While no final decision had been handed down at press time, Dish Network said it is “respectfully” disagreeing with an order Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (D) circulated for approval by the other four commissioners that would allow a pair of Dish Network-affiliated companies to receive licenses they won in the commission’s recently completed AWS-3 spectrum auction, but prohibit them from receiving the more than $3 billion in “small business” bidding discounts they had been seeking off the $13 billion amount the three firms bid.

DIRECTV RETAILERS GATHER ONE MORE TIME
With the government indicating it had nearly signed off on approving DirecTv and AT&T executives, speaking in Las Vegas at DirecTv’s annual event for satellite retailers, told dealers they will be an important player in helping a combined AT&T-DirecTv successfully grow its business by offering bundles of video, data, and wireless services to consumers.

 

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AUG. 3, 2015

AT&T SETS VIDEO-DATA BUNDLE PLAN
NBC STATIONS SHUN SLING TV ADS
NEWS & NOTES: DirecTv informed retailers that starting Aug. 16 they will be able to offer new qualified customers an additional $6 per month discount on their bills for the first two years of their service commitment.
SCHERMAN'S NOTEBOOK: Sad to hear about passing of Sel Kremer...DVRs have come a long way since debut 15 years ago.
 
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