AT&T, DirecTV execs try to sell Congress on a bundle

Once again, executives concerned in a pay-TV partnership seemed on Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers because a partnership should be approved.

On Tuesday, ATT and DirecTV coronet testified before both House and Senate committees — and even hinted monthly TV bills could come down if a $48.5 billion hookup is sealed.

They didn’t pledge reduce prices though spoke adequate about it to leave lawmakers feeling they could happen.

“I am very, really doubtful as a senator, not only as a consumer,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), pronounced during a Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust row hearing.

Blumenthal asked ATT Chief Executive Randall Stephenson either he could dedicate to pass on a assets from reduce calm fees to consumers dollar-for-dollar.

“No sir, we can’t,” Stephenson said, though combined he hoped a partnership would outcome in slower cost increases for consumers.

Stephenson and his reflection during DirecTV attempted to paint their understanding as opposite from a due Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

“This is not Comcast-Time Warner [Cable],” Stephenson told a House Judiciary Committee panel. “This is not dual wire companies removing together.”

Stephenson pronounced there was really small overlie between a dual companies.

“There is simply no poignant rival overlie between ATT and DirecTV in a product that consumers overwhelmingly direct — an integrated broadband/video offering,” he said.

DirecTV Chief Executive Michael White pronounced that but an Internet offering, his satellite-TV association has constructed slower subscription expansion and has been pounded in rivals’ ad campaigns for lacking bundles.

“Broadband has supplanted video as a many critical component in a customer’s use bundle,” he said.

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