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Dish-DirecTV merger rumors – ludicrous and logical all at once

Why in its right mind would Dish Network – an operator in the throngs of acquiring mobile spectrum and talking confidently about its 5G TV ambitions – acquire the freefalling DirecTV Now satellite TV business? Those are the rumors circulating this week as AT&T’s ill-fated recent series of investor-induced events escalate and knock lumps out of DirecTV Now’s value – both financially speaking and as a trustworthy consumer brand. Combined, Dish Network and DirecTV shed 857,000 satellite TV subscribers during Q2 2019, of which DirecTV’s losses accounted for an overbearing 90.8%. Surely not numbers Dish Network would be eager to inherit, yet a footprint exceeding 30 million pay TV subscribers would offer Dish Network serious opportunities and we would argue…

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