Today, if you want to, you can buy AT&T's DirecTV pay-TV and internet service from Verizon (AT&T's archrival). The DirecTV offer from Verizon is scheduled to end in October, and represents the tail-end of a long-term bundling agreement Verizon inked with DirecTV prior to AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV that closed almost exactly a year ago. Verizon's DirecTV bundle, strange as it is, represents just one of the many bundling attempts Verizon has tested over the years.
Verizon is in the final stages of a $5 billion deal to walk away with Yahoo's core internet business, according to Bloomberg. The carrier is positioned to beat out AT&T and other rivals in the final round of bidding for the beleaguered company. The offer doesn't include Yahoo's patents – not as it stands, at least – and it's unclear whether other assets might be included.
AT&T said 5 million customers have signed up for its bundled offering that packages DirecTV with unlimited wireless service-- which is an encouraging sign for a carrier preparing to leverage its $49 billion acquisition of the satellite TV company.
Punctuated by the loss of 281,000 customers in the second quarter, Dish Network's steady stream of retrans battles and carriage wars has resulted in the loss of 7.5 percent of its subscriber base in just one year.
Plagued early in its development by technical issues for highly watched events like NCAA Tournament basketball games and season premieres, Sling TV has overcome what CEO Roger Lynch called its "systemic" live-streaming issues.
Tele2 endured what Jefferies analysts called a "messy" second quarter, as one-off costs drove down EBITDA and resulted in a 60 per cent year-on-year drop in net profit.
SFR revealed further progress in the rollout of its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks as the France-based operator readies itself for the end of a 4G-network sharing and roaming agreement with Bouygues Telecom.
Vodafone Group announced that Europe still offers significant opportunities to grow its 4G subscriber base because only 30 per cent of its users in the region have taken a 4G subscription to date.
AT&T reported net domestic pay-TV customer losses of 49,000, with a strong gain of 342,000 DirecTV satellite subscribers being more than offset by losses of 391,000 U-verse TV users in the second quarter.
T-Mobile is once again hearing users complain about its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, and this time it has nothing to do with overwhelming demand.