Why Did AT&T's Cable Merger Succeed When Comcast's Failed?
The FCC will allow AT&T to absorb DirecTV because the merger doesn’t threaten consumers the same way Comcast’s deal with Time Warner Cable might have.By Evan Thomas | July 25, 2015
AT&T has absorbed DirecTV wholesale in a $49 billion deal, just hours after the FCC approved the merger.
Their combination makes the new AT&T the single largest pay-TV provider by number of customers. And compared to another recent merger attempt, this one was a quiet affair. (Video via AT&T)
Why did AT&T’s merger go through when the Comcast-Time Warner deal collapsed? In a couple words, competition and conditions.