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"There is a strategic
logic to having one
servicing a country like
the United States, and
certainly if I look at
where content costs are,
there is probably more
of a case for that,"
White told the Sanford
C. Bernstein conference
last week in New York.
Rumors that the nation's top two satellite TV services would merge have surfaced and resurfaced for years. And the two companies actually tried once, but the FCC rejected the proposal in 2002 on grounds that it would be anti-competitive.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that White noted that getting a merger approved in Washington today would still be a problem. In fact, he said that with the Obama administration in power, it would be a "non-starter."
However, that comment is being interpreted by some that DIRECTV and Dish might give it a try if Obama loses in November, giving way to a Republican administration and a FCC more receptive to merger proposals.
White's biggest interest in discussing a merger appears to be exploring ways to reduce costs on acquiring programming from the networks and others. DIRECTV has lamented that the broadcast and cable networks are increasing their demands for pay TV operators to carry their channels.
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