Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2013)
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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.
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
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.