The rise of AT&T and Verizon in the TV/Internet market at the expense of DirecTV (DTV -0.2%) and...

|About: AT&T Inc. (T)|By:, SA News Editor

The rise of AT&T and Verizon in the TV/Internet market at the expense of DirecTV (DTV -0.2%) and Dish Network (DISH +0.8%) increases the odds the two satellite players merge. Not only does a DISH-DTV deal appear more likely to clear regulatory hurdles now, by the numbers it makes more sense than ever. Another point to consider, Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen wasn't exactly shy about the topic on his company's earnings call.