Impact of AT&T and DIRECTV Merger: Analyst Insights

by Brett Sappington | Jul. 10, 2015

Parks Associates director of research Brett Sappington provides insight and commentary on the future acquisition of DIRECTV by AT&T:

  • The merger did not really diminish competition in the U.S. market. Approval was widely expected.
  • The bigger impact is clearly outside of the U.S., where AT&T is now making investments to build upon DIRECTV’s existing position in Central and South America.
  • We expect AT&T to quickly roll out new voice, data, and video bundles that pair their mobile services with DIRECTV’s satellite TV offering.
  • By adding DIRECTV’s huge base of video customers, A&T will now have significantly more negotiating power in content licensing for network channels.


For additional insight on this topic, see Parks Associates' Access & Entertainment research.

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