AT&T may buy DirecTV for $50 billion

The deal, said to be expected soon, would lead to a substantial expansion of AT&T's TV services.

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AT&T could close a deal to buy DirecTV for roughly $50 billion in as little as two weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The purchase would allow AT&T to expand its television footprint in the US, an attractive move for the telecommunications company. Like its competitors, AT&T continues to compete with cable companies for customers who want bundled services for TV, broadband, wireless, and home phone. DirecTV is the No. 2 satellite TV provider, with 20 million subscribers. AT&T U-Verse TV, the company's digital TV service, has 5.7 million customers.

Both AT&T and DirecTV declined to comment.

The agreement would involve AT&T paying for DirecTV with both cash and stock, valuing the deal around $50 billion, unnamed sources told the Journal, which first reported rumors of a possible acquisition late last month.

AT&T reportedly approached DirecTV after Comcast announced its deal with Time Warner Cable in February. That merger, if approved, would result in a combined base of 30 million subscribers.

 

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