Charlie Approaches DIRECTV about a Merger.

Fitzie

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A merger could result in enough combined capacity to greatly enhance the quality of the signals. It would also promote Charlie Ergen's apparent goal of providing HD transmissions into all of South America and substantial portions of SE Asia.

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Jim5506

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I don't think that even the 148 satellite can reach SE Asia, much less 129 or 119.

SE Asia has its own cadre of satellites.
 

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And furthermore, I thought Dish didn't have 148 any more because they left it unused for too long.
 

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Nothing says they could not joint venture the development of the wireless spectrum Dish controls.

There are some stiff build out requirements in the H Block and Dish is going to have to come up with a pile of money to fulfill the license requirements.
Remember; Dish is proposing to use a bunch of the spectrum to live stream a TV package to wireless (no data fees). Since this type of service does not exist today, there would be no conflict in a joint venture.

From FCC Edgar files:
On March 14, 2014, American H Block Wireless L.L.C. (“American”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to acquire all 176 H Block wireless spectrum licenses (the “H Block Licenses”) that were made available in the auction designated by the FCC as Auction 96 (the “Auction”). Also on March 14, 2014, the FCC’s prohibition on certain communications related to the Auction expired.

American was the winning bidder of all 176 H Block Licenses with an aggregate bid of $1.564 billion in the Auction, which concluded on February 27, 2014. The FCC has not issued any of the H Block Licenses to American, as such issuance depends upon, among other things, the FCC’s review and approval of American’s application. We cannot predict the timing or the outcome of the FCC’s review of American’s application.

On December 17, 2013, we paid approximately $328 million to the FCC as a deposit for the Auction. The remaining balance of our winning bid of approximately $1.236 billion for the H Block Licenses is due March 28, 2014. In the event that the FCC ultimately issues the H Block Licenses to American, the FCC will also require that we pay approximately $12.6 million to UTAM, Inc. for clearance costs associated with the lower H Block spectrum and approximately $94.9 million to Sprint Corporation for clearance costs associated with the upper H Block spectrum within 30 days of the issuance of the H Block Licenses.

The H Block Licenses are subject to certain interim and final build-out requirements. Within four years after the FCC issues the H Block Licenses, the licensee must provide signal coverage and offer service to at least 40% of the population in each area covered by an individual H Block License (the “H Block Interim Build-Out Requirement”). Within ten years after the FCC issues the H Block Licenses, the licensee must provide signal coverage and offer service to at least 75% of the population in each area covered by an individual H Block License (the “H Block Final Build-Out Requirement”). If the licensee fails to meet the H Block Interim Build-Out Requirement, the H Block license term and the H Block Final Build-Out Requirement may be accelerated by two years (from ten years to eight years) for each H Block License area in which it fails to meet the requirement. If the licensee fails to meet the H Block Final Build-Out Requirement, its authorization for each H Block License area in which it fails to meet the requirement may terminate.

In the event that the FCC ultimately issues the H Block Licenses to American, we will need to make significant additional investments or partner with others to, among other things, finance the commercialization and build-out requirements of any acquired H Block Licenses and any integration efforts, including compliance with regulations applicable to any acquired H Block Licenses. Depending on the nature and scope of any such commercialization, build-out, and integration efforts, any such investment or partnership could vary significantly. There can be no assurance that we will be able to develop and implement a business model that will realize a return on any acquired H Block Licenses or that we will be able to profitably deploy the assets represented by any acquired H Block Licenses, which may affect the carrying value of such potential assets and our future financial condition or results of operations.
 

mike123abc

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Nothing says they could not joint venture the development of the wireless spectrum Dish controls.

There are some stiff build out requirements in the H Block and Dish is going to have to come up with a pile of money to fulfill the license requirements.
Remember; Dish is proposing to use a bunch of the spectrum to live stream a TV package to wireless (no data fees). Since this type of service does not exist today, there would be no conflict in a joint venture.

http://www.satelliteguys.us/threads/333785-Sprint-in-talks-with-DISH

Dish appears to be working on it with Sprint...
 

dishcomm

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Seeking Alpha is reporting (Via Bloomberg) that Charlie Ergen has approached DIRECTV about a merger.



  • Dish Network (DISH +6%) CEO Charlie Ergen has approached DirecTV (DTV +6.2%) about a merger, reports Bloomberg.
  • Ergen has been vocal in the past on the need for the two companies to merge, while DirecTV CEO Mike White has played it cool on the subject.
  • A ramp-up of talk on a DISH-DTV combination could catch the ears of regulators looking at the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA +1%) and Time Warner Cable (TWC +0.4%).

Your thoughts please.

This nonsense again?....UGH
 

dishfan82

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Well if Comcast gets their way and the merger goes through then I could see a Direct and Dish merger happening . If anything I wish we had a few more companies that were around to make it competitive. I've got 4 choices for paid tv service so what would be the benefits for a merger between Dish and Direct??


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Hall

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I've got 4 choices for paid tv service so what would be the benefits for a merger between Dish and Direct??
It would reduce the confusion of having to do comparisons between (4) providers by only having (3) to compare now. It will make it easier for you. :D
 

dishfan82

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You know if the Comcast and time warner deal merger goes through then AT&T will be crying up a storm because their merger with T-mobile wasn't approved. I think the merger between Direct and Dish could bring some great things but then if Comcast merges with Time Warner and Dish and Direct merge then it's two competitors less for competition .


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