Changes at DirecTV?

December 8, 2006

DirecTVDirecTV is no longer the glowing child in the eyes of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch as it once was back in 2003. After a two year feud with Liberty Media’s chairman John Malone over his 19% stake in News Corp, Murdoch has settled on giving up his aggressively sought after satellite provider, along with some cable sports channels and an easy 550 million in cash.

It seems as though Murdoch’s decision to sell his baby was based on several factors, one being that cable has become a major competitor, enticing customers with great savings in phone and internet services as well as HD programming. This deal will also save both media bigwigs a lot in taxes, something that Malone was very insistent upon.

So what does this mean for DirecTV’s future, maybe QVC (Malone’s Liberty Media owns the channel) in HD? Let’s hope not… In all seriousness though, the programming will probably not change drastically in the next year or two. DirecTV will (in all likelihood) continue on with their 150 HD channel (read HD locals) launch planned for 2007.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under DirecTV News


Comments

  • Gary

    I just wrote a complaint to Directv. Directv was awesome, but with the MPEG-4 dish and equipment changes the service is HORRIBLE. I would not recommend Directv to anyone at this point. I hate cable and I will not go back to that. But, I’m considering DISH Network and the new AT&T service when it’s available. Directv is bad new now, and that’s sad!

  • Gary

    I just wrote a complaint to Directv. Directv was awesome, but with the MPEG-4 dish and equipment changes the service is HORRIBLE. I would not recommend Directv to anyone at this point. I hate cable and I will not go back to that. But, I’m considering DISH Network and the new AT&T; service when it’s available. Directv is bad new now, and that’s sad!

  • westcott

    Well, after several months of DishNetwork
    HD service, I can honestly say that I do not miss Directv. Dish has more programming, better video quality, and better hardware. It seems Direct has thrown in the towel for all but the sports enthusiasts and I do not blame Mr. Murdoch for washing his hands of the company.

  • westcott

    Well, after several months of DishNetwork
    HD service, I can honestly say that I do not miss Directv. Dish has more programming, better video quality, and better hardware. It seems Direct has thrown in the towel for all but the sports enthusiasts and I do not blame Mr. Murdoch for washing his hands of the company.