AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion
AT&T has entered into an agreement to purchase DirecTV for about $48.5 billion in a cash and stock transaction. The acquisition is more about providing AT&T with the means to grow its subscription TV business than about expanding mobile services. The acquisition gives AT&T a nationwide pay-TV footprint, and DirecTV has some compelling sports exclusives that AT&T will be able to offer its customers. AT&T said it will expand plans to build out its wired, fiber broadband network to an additional 15 million rural locations within four years. AT&T committed to offering stand-alone broadband services that don't include video programming. AT&T said it will homogenize DirecTV pricing so all consumers will pay the same prices. AT&T committed to abide by the 2010 net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (even though those rules were eventually struck down). Last, AT&T said this transaction will not impact its plan to bid up to $9 billion in spectrum auctions both later this year and in mid-2015. The transaction includes DirecTV's Latin American services, and AT&T will divest its shares of America Movile in order to facilitate the transaction on those regions. DirecTV's shareholders will receive about $95 per share, including $28.50 in cash and $66.50 in AT&T stock. AT&T intends to finance the transaction through a combination of cash, sale of non-core assets, financing, and debt sales. The acquisition was approved by both AT&T and DirecTV's boards of directors, but it is subject to shareholder votes and regulatory review. AT&T expects the deal to close in about 12 months.
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
AT&T Debuts Wireless/DirecTV Bundles
AT&T today rolled out combined wireless and television packages that rely on its recent acquisition of DirecTV. The basic package includes four wireless lines with unlimited talk and text with 10 GB of shared data and HD television service with up to four receivers (DirecTV or U-verse) for a combined price of $200 per month.
AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion
AT&T has agreed to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion in a stock-and-cash deal that will merge AT&T's delivery networks with Time Warner's vast catalog of content. AT&T believes the combined companies will be able to save $1 billion per year once fully merged.
AT&T Plans to Offer DirecTV to Most Connected Devices
AT&T today said it will allow anyone to stream DirecTV content to the device of their choice, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and smart TVs, beginning later this year. AT&T said each of the three planned services with permit several simultaneous sessions and won't ask consumers to sign contracts or purchase additional equipment.
Wow this stinks
There We Have It.
We look at how they will finance this deal and it clearly shows how the smaller carriers could not compete on the financial level of buying power regardless of "parent companies" involvement. AT&T was always in control even after the break up.
Here it is people in black and white. You asked for it, you've got it. Welcome to the dystopian mega merge era where companies gain power and the consumers lose choice.
Capitalism got out of control in this country - and so did the influence and campaign donations.
If this deal goes through, AT&T will be the largest pay tv provider in the world.
While they'll be very large, Comcast is will still be larger.