One way, as suggested a lot of Wall Streeters, most recently by UBS analyst Aryeh B. Bourkoff, is to invest in a broadband provider that could reach the satellite TV subscriber without wires:
We believe that the companies could partner or form a consortium to invest in two-way wireless data and internet provider Motient Corp.— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading
We believe that a collaborative initial investment between DirecTV, EchoStar and other technology partners (two additional partners in our opinion) is a possibility. Beyond the potential development of a broadband product to bolster the DBS competitive position, collaboration between DirecTV and EchoStar could potentially expand to additional operational partnership.
In the current environment, we believe that anti-competition concerns still exist with respect to DBS collaboration. However, as telco competitors rollout video service, thus introducing a third pay-television option for consumers, those concerns may be mitigated.