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Verizon shoots down Dish reports, could battle AT&T in Web TV

"I know there are reports out there that we are talking to Dish (DISH -2.3%). I can tell you now, that is someone's fantasy ... I don't think owning a satellite company is something I'm interested in at this point," says Verizon (VZ +0.1%) CEO Lowell McAdam in response to reports his company has held talks with Dish.

As it is, there was plenty of skepticism Verizon, which just took on more than $60B in debt to help pay for Vodafone's Verizon Wireless stake, would turn its sights on Dish in response to AT&T's (T -0.8%) deal to acquire DirecTV.

McAdam states Verizon's current focus is on rolling out OTT (Web-based) programming. The company bought out Intel's would-be Web TV unit in January, and has since said it's in talks with content providers to offer a Web/mobile TV service.

If/when Verizon's service launches, it'll likely face competition from Dish, which plans to launch a Web TV service aimed at cord-cutters by year's end. It might also compete against AT&T,  which hopes to launch a Web TV offering within 12-18 months of the DirecTV deal's closing.

For each company, signing up content providers terrified of upsetting traditional pay-TV clients (and thus putting affiliate fees at risk) remains a challenge. Dish, for its part, has managed to get Disney/ESPN on board.

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  • Esekla
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    Yeah, this rumor didn't even bear consideration. It's getting towards the end-game for Dish -- at least they hope so. Joining forces with T-Mobile won't be enough to really make an impact. As I wrote long ago, only a Vodafone, Dish, Google JV would really challenge the incumbents and potentially change sorry state of U.S. telecommunications.
    20 May 2014, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    Rats. Just when I thought my over priced rip off cable and cell services would be combined within one bill.
    20 May 2014, 11:59 AM Reply Like
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