The satellite TV industry has remained a duopoly for a long time. The largest satellite TV distributor in the US, Direct TV, was acquired by AT&T in a $48.5 billion deal.
As of late, reports are resurfacing regarding a potential merger between Direct TV and Dish. If successful, the merger will reduce the number of satellite TV distributors in the US to one.
Direct TV and Dish have been attempting a merger as far back as 2002. The deal was rejected by the FCC on the grounds that it would effectively create a monopoly.
In 2014, Direct TV and Dish again tried to merge citing low growth and high cost in the satellite TV industry. However, before the FCC could make a final declaration on whether to go ahead or not, AT&T bought Direct TV and maintained the duopoly.
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