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Does Dish Still Want to Merge With DIRECTV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I thought Dish and Charlie Ergen wanted to merge with DIRECTV, but it seems like they're chasing all these wireless companies like Sprint. Is the Dish-DIRECTV merger idea dead? -- Quinn, Las Vegas.

Quinn, you are right. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said several times last year that he might be interested in merging with rival satcaster DIRECTV. Not only that, DIRECTV CEO Mike White didn't rule out the possibility, saying it was an interesting idea if it could pass muster with federal regulators.

Dish this year has been involved in various takeover attempts in the wireless category, which has preempted any talk of a satellite merger. But that could be changing real soon. Just this morning, the Wall Street Journal reports that Dish says it's abandoning all efforts to buy Sprint.

And WSJ adds that Sprint has upped its price to buy the wireless company Clearwire, which will likely squeeze Dish out of that competition.

So Dish now may examine other options and one of those options could be returning to the DIRECTV merger idea. I think DIRECTV, which would like to strike back at rising programming costs, would be receptive to discussing it. And Dish certainly has shown great interest in the past.

So, stay tuned everyone.

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