Details of the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014
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Telecommunications giant AT&T is proposing a $48.5 billion merger with satellite TV provider DirecTV. If the deal goes through, here's what customers can expect:

WHAT CHANGES?

— At the moment, nothing. The deal is subject to government approval in both the U.S. and Latin America. Until the transaction is approved, the companies will operate separately. AT&T and DirecTV expect to close the deal within 12 months.

WHAT CAN AT&T and DIRECTV CUSTOMERS EXPECT?

— Customers of both companies will likely see more offers bundling DirecTV's 285 TV-channel service with AT&T wireless and Internet services. AT&T currently offers some plans that bundle DirecTV service, but customers get separate bills from the two companies.

— Within a few years, AT&T says, consumers can expect to get more DirecTV content on their mobile devices, or even streamed into cars or airplanes.

— Customers who only want broadband Internet service and get video through services like Netflix and Hulu, will be offered stand-alone broadband service at guaranteed prices for three years.

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