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AT&T CEO Tight-Lipped About DirecTV Merger Scenarios With Dish

AT&T CEO John Stankey chose not to address options for DirecTV to merge with Dish Networks amid continuing speculation about a tie-up for the declining satellite TV operators. “I’ve never really commented on my point of view of what the calculus is and the combination of DirecTV and Dish, and I don’t expect expect to […]

YouTube Reveals Details, Pricing on Revamped NFL Sunday Ticket Offering

YouTube has released much-anticipated details on its streaming offering of NFL Sunday Ticket, the out-of-market NFL package. Sunday Ticket, which had been exclusive to DirecTV for decades, will shift to YouTube next season, with the Google-owned video platform making it available as an add-on for its YouTube TV service, or as a stand-alone streaming service […]

NFL, RedBird Capital Launch New Company to Deliver Games to Bars and Restaurants

The NFL is partnering with Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital on a new venture that will offer NFL games to commercial venues like bars, restaurants and hotels. The new company is called EverPass Media, and has a multi-year license to sell the NFL’s Sunday out-of-market TV package NFL Sunday Ticket to commercial venues. The NFL says […]

Newsmax to Return to DirecTV Lineup, Ending Carriage Dispute

The conservative news and commentary channel Newsmax will return to the lineup of satellite giant DirecTV, nearly two months after a carriage dispute broke out and became a political football. The companies announced the new deal Wednesday morning, adding that Newsmax will return to DirecTV and its streaming offering on Thursday. Terms of the deal […]

DirecTV Adds Conservative Network ‘The First’ to Lineup After Dropping Newsmax

DirecTV is adding a new conservative network to its lineup, one day after it stopped carrying Newsmax and faced pushback from Republican lawmakers.  The TV provider said on Thursday it had signed a multi-year agreement with The First, which features shows by Dana Loesch and Bill O’Reilly, to carry the network for free across its […]

DirecTV Drops Newsmax as Conservative Lawmakers Protest

Conservative network Newsmax has been dropped from DirecTV as of 11:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday. DirecTV confirmed the decision, saying the network is no longer broadcast on DirecTV, DirecTV Stream or U-Verse, with the decision made due to Newsmax’s “demands for rate increases.” “On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted […]

DirecTV to Lay Off Hundreds of Employees as Cord-Cutting Accelerates

DirecTV will lay off about 10 percent of its management staff as the company contends with the growing shift of consumers away from paid linear TV.  The layoffs will impact several hundred employees working in management, as well as a few other staffers. Employees were informed of the decision late last week.  “The entire pay-TV […]

YouTube Bags NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ Package

The NFL is taking another big step into the streaming world. The league has struck a deal with Google’s YouTube for rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription package beginning with the 2023 season. YouTube will take over Sunday Ticket from previous rights holder DirecTV, whose contract is up at the end of this season. […]

Fox and DirecTV Reach Carriage Renewal, Avoiding Blackout

Fox Corp. and DirecTV have come to terms on a new agreement and averted a potential blackout of a number of networks. With the previous deal set to expire Friday at midnight, the two companies announced a multi-year carriage renewal in a joint press release Saturday. The deal covers FS1, FS1, Big Ten Network, Fox […]

Fox Corp. and DirecTV Struggle to Reach “Fair Agreement” Ahead of Programming Deadline

Fox on Sunday began airing a crawl across some of its channels, warning viewers that come midnight Dec. 2 they could lose access to some of their “favorite Fox programming” if the company can’t reach a “fair agreement” with DirecTV. Ahead of the expiration of a Fox/DirecTV carriage deal, the two companies are continuing active […]

Dish Network, DirecTV Merger Would Make Sense in the “Near Term,” Exec Says

After several quarters of declaring a potential merger of Dish Network and DirecTV as “inevitable,” Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen appeared to move up the timeline Wednesday.  Following Dish Network’s third-quarter earnings, Ergen was asked by an analyst whether the current political environment would allow for a long-anticipated merger of the two companies.  “You’re hesitant […]

‘NFL Sunday Ticket’ Outages Anger Fans for Second Straight Week

DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package malfunctioned for the second straight week, causing fans trying to watch through the app or online to miss entire games. DirecTV said via social media that customers trying to stream the 1 p.m. ET games were unable to do so through the app. Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, they said that […]