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AT&T PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE TV ONLINE

May 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Following its acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T will soon be offering customers television services via satellite. But its chairman and CEO, Randall Stephen, has also disclosed that DirecTV has developed relationships within the entertainment industry that will allow it to deliver TV via the Internet, employing broadband mobile and high-speed wired services within 12 to 18 months after the deal closes. However, re/code observed today (Tuesday) that Sony and DISH have also said that they plan to sell TV online but each has delayed plans to do so. Meanwhile, news reports have indicated that the $49-billion acquisition could disintegrate if DirecTV is unable to renew its deal to televise National Football League games at substantially the same cost as it presently pays. DirecTV’s deal with the NFL expires at the end of the 2014 season in January.