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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion (NYT / DealBook)
AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, striking another transaction meant to overhaul the American telecommunications landscape. CNNMoney The boards of the two companies met on Sunday to approve the plan. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, in a statement. WSJ Just months ago, Comcast Corp. announced a $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable, a combination that would serve close to 30 million video subscribers, after proposed divestitures. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. continues to work on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter say. The deal for DirecTV gives AT&T almost 26 million pay TV subscribers and a national footprint in the business at a time when the telecom carrier sees video delivery as core to its future. The Associated Press Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed combination could improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into video over satellite service, and thereby free up bandwidth on its telecommunications network. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. DirecTV would continue to be based in El Segundo, Calif., following the merger. The companies expect the deal to close within 12 months following a government review.

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Bill Simmons to Call His First NBA Game Tomorrow

ESPN blogger and resident Boston Celtics fan Bill Simmons will get his first crack at the telestrator tomorrow night–calling the Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors game for ESPN. He’ll work alongside Dan Shulman and Mark Jackson.

Simmons has done TV before, sitting in on ESPN’s popular “Pardon the Interruption” show, and he also hosts a regular podcast. But it will be interesting to see how he does on live TV. He used to write jokes for the Jimmy Kimmel Show, so we know he’s funny. The one problem we can foresee is that Simmons is a huge Boston homer and hates LeBron James and the Heat with a passion. Will he be able to control himself? Can’t imagine the league will be happy if Simmons rips on their most intriguing team for the entire game.