AT&T drops DISH

29 Sep 2008

The largest US wireline and wireless carrier, AT&T Inc, has announced that it is ending its pay-TV partnership with DISH Network from the start of February next year and will instead begin marketing satellite TV services from rival operator DirecTV. AT&T announced last week that it was extending its current agreement with DISH until 31 January 2009, but most industry analysts forecast that the deal would not be renewed. AT&T offers satellite TV services to customers as part of bundles with telephony and internet services where it does not provide its own video services over its fibre-based U-verse networks. ‘We have enjoyed a good partnership with AT&T over the past several years,’ the Los Angeles Times quotes Dish Network spokeswoman Kathie Gonzalez as saying. ‘We look forward to a healthy competition with their U-verse product and DirecTV,’ she added.

United States, AT&T