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Jeff Kagan
AT&T Paves the Wireless Future's Way
11/13/14 7:04 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 801 Words

It wants to acquire DirecTV and deliver satellite television service on a nationwide scale.

AT&T last week announced it was going to acquire Mexican wireless carrier Iusacell as part of its plan to expand internationally.

AT&T is positioning itself for growth...

Rob Spiegel
Dish Scoops Up Blockbuster for a Pittance
04/06/11 12:06 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 590 Words

This could be a preventive measure to keep Blockbuster from falling into the hands of the competition -- such as Comcast or DirecTV .

"I don't see this purchase as necessarily revitalizing Blockbuster, but rather one that allows Dish to be...

Rob Spiegel
Studios May Have More Up Their Sleeves Than $30 VOD Plan
04/01/11 12:43 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 742 Words

Warner Bros. , Sony , Universal and Fox will distribute the digital movies through DirecTV and cable providers. DirecTV will launch nationwide to its 20 million subscribers. Comcast and other cable providers will introduce the service in select cities by the end of...

ECT News Staff
Giving In to Pressure: Hulu, Facebook Buckle
02/21/09 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 2028 Words

Sirius Rescue
Sirius XM scored a $530 million loan from DirecTV owner Liberty Media just in the nick of time. The satellite radio company was on the brink of bankruptcy with vultures circling in the sky.

In return for...

Jeff Meisner
Is a Sirius Bidding War in the Offing?
02/12/09 1:15 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 619 Words

EchoStar owns the Dish Network and Liberty Media owns a controlling interest in DirecTV .

The news of a potential bidding war came just one day after reports that Sirius, saddled with a mountain of debt, was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Keith Regan
JetBlue Adds Travel Sites to E-Commerce Itinerary
11/26/07 2:16 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 590 Words

Discounts and DirecTV
Launched just seven years ago, JetBlue has ridden a discounting philosophy along with small creature comforts such as in-flight DirecTV for each passenger to become the eighth-largest carrier in the United States.

The carrier originally eschewed...

Keith Regan
EchoStar Shares Fly High on AT&T Bid Rumors
11/19/07 1:16 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 659 Words

EchoStar's Dish TV service trails only DirecTV among satellite television providers, with 13.7 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter.

Another Base of Customers
AT&T, meanwhile, has seen rival Verizon gain much more traction much faster with...

John P. Mello Jr.
Are Hybrid Satellite TV Boxes the Wave of the Future?
09/23/06 1:30 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 655 Words

The new hybrid boxes are a way to keep customers happy, acknowledged DirecTV (NYSE: DTV) spokesperson Robert Mercer.

"They will enhance customer satisfaction," he told TechNewsWorld. "They will create a very sticky customer, and a sticky customer doesn't look some place...

Keith Regan
Billion-Dollar Deal Could Revive Boeing's Satellite Business
01/12/06 11:08 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 695 Words

Another satellite Internet venture, that of Rupert Murdoch's DirecTV, is also percolating. Murdoch said this week that DirecTV would invest as much as $1 billion to add Internet access to its satellite-television service, which in turn would enable News Corp. to...

Keith Regan
Networks Offer 99 Cent Downloads of Prime-Time Shows
11/08/05 9:53 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 658 Words

In separate announcements, NBC and CBS each said they would begin offering content for download, CBS sending its programs through Comcast's digital network and NBC distributing its shows via DirecTV . Individual show downloads will cost 99 cents a piece, include a small...

Keith Regan
TiVo Download Deal Heralds Changing TV Landscape
08/15/05 1:27 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 753 Words

TiVo found out last week it was losing DirecTV as a distributor after that company said it planned to integrate its own DVR technology into its satellite receiver set-top boxes. Since DirecTV subscribers make up about two-thirds of TiVo's 3.3 million customers,...

Susan B. Shor
TiVo: Saved by Comcast?
03/15/05 11:57 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 388 Words

TiVo suffered a blow late last year when its partner, DirecTV , announced it would begin offering DVRs from its sister company, NDS Group. About 60 percent of TiVo subscribers signed up through DirecTV.

Comcast has 21.5 million customers, and about...

Susan B. Shor
New TiVo CEO May Boost Fortunes
01/13/05 2:43 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 328 Words

Just last week, satellite TV provider DirecTV , where TiVo got about two-thirds of its subscribers, announced that it would use software from NDS Group to offer its own set-top DVR box.

Good Move?
The move could be a good...

Rob Enderle
TiVo vs. Microsoft vs. the Set-Top Box
12/13/04 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1655 Words

Its most visible partner, DirecTV , is planning on moving to its own platform in 2005, and its market-leading twin-tuner set-top box doesn't use the TiVo 2 feature set and so isn't a true digital hub (because it won't stream music or pictures).

Paul Korzeniowski
Traditional Telcos Rallying Around Cable Services
08/31/04 6:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 924 Words

As part of its Freedom package, Verizon forged a partnership with DirecTV , which relies on satellite transmission to deliver its services. SBC Communications has a similar arrangement with EchoStar , which runs a dish satellite network .

As the telecommunications providers...

Staff Writer
Comcast Takes on Eisner with $54 Billion Disney Bid
02/11/04 8:44 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 750 Words

Comcast's push for Disney "is for the very same reason in reverse why Murdoch and News Corp bought DirecTV," Behrens said. "When cable and broadband Internet costs go up every year, and there's that hue and cry from the public, Comcast...

Lisa Gill
HP, NEC Ink Services Alliance
12/12/02 12:04 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 508 Words

Also on Thursday, HP announced a five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement with DirecTV to manage the satellite provider's billing software system .

"We are looking to really expand HP's presence in managed services, and we view this deal with NEC and DirecTV as...

Mick Brady
One Year Ago: Lights, Camera, E-Commerce!
03/23/01 5:48 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 614 Words

Digital television entertainment service provider DirecTV, Inc. and AtomFilms recently announced a syndication agreement to air seven of this year's 10 live-action and animated Oscar-nominated short films on DirecTV from March 15th to March 31st.

AtomFilms expects the TV exposure to...

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Daily Cybercrime and Security Report
01/30/01 12:28 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 504 Words

"Boxes and smart cards used to illegally intercept DirecTV's programming suddenly ceased to function. DirecTV, a unit of Hughes Electronics (nyse: GMH), had transmitted a signal..."

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Rob Conlin
FTC To Seek AOL Time Warner Concessions
09/05/00 12:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 468 Words

The FTC is reportedly weighing a number of concessions, including whether to make AOL divest itself of its $1.5 billion investment in Hughes Electronics Corporation, owner of DirecTV, the number one satellite television service in the United States.

The government lawyers...

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