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Sprint Dish Merger

SoftBank gives Sprint waiver to discuss proposed Dish merger

April 29th, 2013

Although Japanese carrier SoftBank has been courting Sprint for the past several months, it’s apparently willing to let the carrier see other companies. Sprint announced on Monday that it had received “a waiver of various provisions of the merger agreement” with SoftBank so that it can enter into a non-disclosure agreement and discussions with Dish to learn …

Sprint has reportedly set up a special committee to evaluate Dish's offer

Sprint sets up special committee to evaluate Dish offer

April 18th, 2013

Sprint’s board of directors has set up a special committee to evaluate Dish Network’s proposed $25.5 billion acquisition, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is also said to be looking to hire an investment bank to help it assess the offer. Dish’s bid is a counter offer to Japanese carrier Softbank’s …

Dish asks FCC to hold off approving Sprint-Softbank merger

Dish asks FCC to hold off approving Sprint-SoftBank merger

April 18th, 2013

Dish will obviously have a hard time buying Sprint if SoftBank is allowed to buy it first, which is why the company is asking the Federal Communications Commission to delay any action on the proposed Sprint-SoftBank merger until Dish’s own proposal gets a fair shake. Bloomberg reports that Dish is describing its $25.5 billion bid …

Softbank plans to complete Sprint merger by July, despite offer from Dish

SoftBank plans to complete Sprint merger by July, despite offer from Dish

April 16th, 2013

SoftBank doesn’t appear to be worried about Dish Network’s recent bid for Sprint. The Japanese carrier said in a statement to AllThingsD that it believes its proposed merger offers a superior option to Sprint shareholders with both “short and long-term benefits to Dish’s highly conditional preliminary proposal.” Dish on Monday challenged SoftBank’s merger proposition with …

Why a Dish takeover of Sprint would be fascinating

Why a Dish takeover of Sprint would be fascinating

April 15th, 2013

Pay-TV operator Dish has made a dramatic bid for Sprint in an effort to elbow SoftBank aside. The company’s $25.5 billion bid is 13% above the offer SoftBank had made previously. What makes the situation so fascinating is the strong growth of mobile video consumption over the past year. In a recent interview with AdGent, …

Dish challenges Softbank with $25.5 billion Sprint bid

Dish challenges SoftBank with $25.5 billion Sprint bid

April 15th, 2013

Dish Network has been looking to make serious inroads in the mobile market and it looks like the company has identified an appealing new option. Dish on Monday announced that it is challenging SoftBank’s plans for a Sprint merger with a bid of its own — $25.5 billion in total, which consists of $17.3 billion in …

Dish Hopper Lawsuit Fox

Fox takes aim at Dish once again with new bid to ban Hopper sales

February 22nd, 2013

Dish’s (DISH) commercial-skipper DVR dubbed “Hopper” has taken a lot of heat from major networks, several of which sued the company last May. Fox Broadcasting Company was counted among the networks that sued, and it argued that by automatically skipping the commercials aired during primetime shows recorded on the Hopper’s DVR, Dish is “destroying the fundamental …

Dish Network’s spectrum should avoid GPS issues suffered by LightSquared, analysts say

March 19th, 2012

Philip Falcone’s startup LightSquared planned to deploy a nationwide 4G LTE network in the United States. The firm’s service was found to cause interference with spectrum used by various GPS navigation and tracking solutions, however, forcing the Federal Communications Commission to block the network’s launch. Dish Network is looking to build a similar network and is …

AT&T may eye Dish Network acquisition for much-needed spectrum

December 20th, 2011

AT&T is in such need of spectrum following the collapse of its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, that one analyst thinks the carrier may soon seek to acquire Dish Network. “Dish and AT&T aren’t direct competitors, and at the end of the day, the government wants to see spectrum used,” Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Christopher King …

Blockbuster Movie Pass streams unlimited content, but only for Dish subscribers

September 23rd, 2011

Dish Network on Friday announced the upcoming availability of Blockbuster Movie Pass, an unlimited video streaming service akin to Netflix’s “Watch Instantly.” Beginning October 1st, Dish subscribers will have unlimited access to a small library of digital content that they can stream to a PC or to a TV using a standard Dish set-top box. While …