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Like I mentioned in the email, I think Murdoch will make quick work of DISH. He controls too much content. If Disney hates DISH, that also helps end DISH. It will be difficult going after Murdoch because there are too many ways to disguise the attacks.
It's a shame we lost all the other satellite players back in the early 90's recession (thanks AG). Each recession brings more consolidation.
Zoltan, I cannot access the article since I don't subscribe to the NYTimes.
Ergen doesn't seem to be helping himself -- taking on Disney (Business Week had a good article on this a couple of weeks ago) and failing to offer all required local channels without a second dish didn't help.
If we consider DTV and Echostar to be part of the overall Cable/Satellite market place, then Ergen has a strong argument (GM bought it) that the combined company would *not* be a monopoly. Uniform pricing plans also seem to address any rural issues.
I still think that the deal is at least 50/50. I would feel better about the deal if I saw progress on the lobbying and marketing front. To date, I haven't seen any real victories for Ergen in this area.
Zoltan, thanks for the link. I had not seen it. I do agree with Jack Shaw in that Hughes/Echostar "had not effectively told their story in Washington and misjudged the tenacity of their opponents". They must crank-up their marketing message with the public and congress if they want the sentiment to shift their way.
In a joint application filed with the Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites) (FCC (news - web sites)) late Monday, the two companies outlined a "Local Channels, All Americans" plan. If accepted, the merged company would reach every consumer in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii by offering access to satellite-delivered local television signals in all 210 designated market areas (DMAs).... "This merger is all about more choice, not less, for broadband Internet access and local TV," Charles Ergen, chairman and CEO of EchoStar, told reporters in a conference call. "It is good for the consumers and it is good for us."....