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What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers
May 19th, 2014
01:30 PM ET

What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers

By Brian Stelter, CNN

If approved by regulators, AT&T's $49 billion bid for DirecTV would be the fourth-biggest telecommunications merger in history. So everybody has an opinion about it.

Sunday's deal announcement stirred enthusiasm, opposition and above all else curiosity about what the combination of AT&T (TFortune 500) and DirecTV (DTVFortune 500) could look like. The House Judiciary Committee immediately said that it would hold a hearing to scrutinize the deal.

In the short term, the deal is unlikely to affect either company's customers. But the long term is another story.

AT&T - like its rivals Verizon (VZFortune 500) andComcast (CMCSAFortune 500) - clearly wants to sell bundles of broadband and television that deliver on the promise of anything/anytime/anywhere programming.

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