How will satellite TV pull off a triple play?

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

February 23, 2006

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Triple-Play Dish

11:30 AM -- How will satellite TV pull off a triple play?

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.

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.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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