Will DirecTV and Dish Catch Cable’s Merger Fever?
The two largest satellite television companies in the country are talking about joining forces as a way to combat the pending merger of the country’s two biggest cable companies. Dish Network’s (DISH) chairman, Charlie Ergen, has reached out to DirecTV’s (DTV) chief executive, Mike White, and my colleagues at Bloomberg News report that White isn’t quite convinced about the idea. One reason White might be gun-shy is that federal antitrust regulators vetoed this exact combination back in 2002. But Dish has been saying that times have changed, and the company has a point.