In two separate congressional hearings, AT&T's CEO makes the case for the $48.5 billion proposed merger with DirecTV.
In statement to FCC, firm says without deal neither company can compete against rival cable giants.
If another company intercepts the NFL Sunday Ticket package from DirecTV, AT&T could walk away. Here are four potential spoilers.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the combined broadband service and media company will come out of the gate with bundled deals for consumers.
Focusing on bundled services of a combined AT&T/DirecTV and how that entity could be a stronger competitor against big cable is likely the best strategy to win approval.
Acquisition creates a powerhouse for services in the home, allowing AT&T to pair its own wireless network with DirecTV's satellite TV service.
The deal, said to be expected soon, would lead to a substantial expansion of AT&T's TV services.
Tie-up of landline giant and No. 2 satellite provider would challenge Comcast-Time Warner Cable combination amid a changing TV climate.
Weather Channel returns to lineup after agreeing to reduce amount of reality TV programming it offers -- a sticking point for the satellite provider. There's no word, though, on whether DirecTV in turn agrees to pay a higher fee.
The satellite TV provider is in negotiations to offer the media giant's content as part of an Internet-based product, Reuters reports.