Shortly after winning FCC approval, AT&T closes its deal to buy the satellite TV provider. DirecTV's video relationships could become key as more content is delivered on mobile devices.
The Federal Communications Commission is recommending that AT&T's $49 billion bid to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV be approved -- but not without conditions.
The DirecTV HR20 is easy to use and offers plenty of features, but its operational bugs make use more of a headache than with other DVRs.
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The satellite provider will begin offering access to more the 20 movies on-demand in 4K format, but for now subscribers can only watch them on a Samsung 4K TV.
The deal also expands the partnership to include Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices, likely to be a key promoted feature for AT&T.
The deal, still awaiting regulatory approval, would give AT&T a national presence in the television business.
CEO Mike White expects the satellite provider to seal a clutch deal to renew its popular NFL Sunday Ticket package in 2014, with its $48.5 billion merger with AT&T closing soon next year.
The Peel remote app returns to iOS with the ability to control satellite TV boxes over Wi-Fi.
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.