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Dish DirecTV Political Ads

New individually targeted political ads look to ruin TV for everyone

January 29th, 2014

It’s sad that many of us have come to dread election years since it means we’ll get bombarded with nonstop propaganda telling us to vote for a particular candidate or to vote a particular way on a given ballot initiative. Political consultants don’t think that we get enough such ads every two years, however, and …

Dish DirecTV Price Increase

Dish and DirecTV wish customers a Merry Christmas… by hiking prices

December 25th, 2013

Pay TV service providers are among a few groups of companies that customers love to hate, and sometimes they go out of their way to remind us why. As families across the country come together to celebrate the holidays, satellite TV giants Dish Network and DirecTV are wishing them a Merry Christmas by hiking the …

Leap Wireless Acquisition T-Mobile Dish

Leap Wireless could be the next takeover target for T-Mobile or Dish

July 8th, 2013

In the wake of SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS, analysts believe other smaller carriers will also be takeover targets. Kevin Smithen of Macquarie Capital, per Investor’s Business Daily, upgraded Leap Wireless last week to a neutral rating from underperform on speculation that T-Mobile or Dish may be looking to acquire the …

Sprint Acquisition SoftBank

SoftBank cleared for Sprint takeover as Dish abandons bid

June 19th, 2013

Efforts to acquire Sprint have been a long and arduous fiasco for SoftBank, but the Japan-based carrier moved one step closer to completing the deal on Tuesday evening. Following SoftBank’s revised offer for Sprint that would see its bid increased to $21.6 billion, Dish announced that it is abandoning the race and will not revise its …

Sprint SoftBank Merger Revised Offer

SoftBank responds to Dish with increased offer to acquire Sprint

June 11th, 2013

SoftBank on Monday announced a revised offer to acquire Sprint. The company increased its bid by 7.5% from $20.1 billion to $21.6 billion in cash and stock. SoftBank notes that $4.5 billion in cash has been reallocated to give Sprint shareholders $5.50 per share, up from $4.02. The carrier was pressured to increase its bid …

Dish Clearwire Acquisition Offer Increased

Dish ups bid for Clearwire two days before shareholder meeting

May 30th, 2013

Dish on Wednesday increased its bid to acquire wireless broadband wholesaler Clearwire. The company is now offering $4.40 per share, a 29% premium over Sprint’s proposal, which values the firm at $6.47 billion. Sprint recently raised its offer to $3.40 per share after shareholders had criticized its original proposal of $2.97 per share. Dish, whose …

Sprint Dish Buyout SoftBank Waiver

SoftBank grants Sprint permission to consider Dish buyout

May 21st, 2013

Japanese carrier SoftBank has granted Sprint a waiver allowing it to consider Dish’s $25.5 billion bid for the company. The waiver gives Sprint permission to disclose non-public information and engage in negotiations with Dish regarding its buyout proposal. The Sprint Board of Directors has the right to terminate the existing merger agreement with SoftBank to …

SoftBank CEO Dish

SoftBank CEO makes a new case in battle for Sprint

May 7th, 2013

The battle continues between two chief executives and their ambitions to acquire the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Dish chairman Charlie Ergen have taken shots at one another as they continue to fight for Sprint. Son previously claimed that Dish would ruin Sprint because it had no mobile experience, …

SoftBank Sprint Merger

SoftBank CEO lashes out at Dish, claims it would ruin Sprint

April 30th, 2013

SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son has said that his company will not increase its bid for Sprint because it is already offering the better deal than Dish. Masayoshi believes that Dish Network’s competing offer for the company will delay the carrier’s turnaround and leave it riddled with debt, The Wall Street Journal reported. He noted that SoftBank …