Murdoch may get rid of DirecTV

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  1. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

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  2. rminsk

    rminsk TiVoted TiVo User

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    Very interesting news. Does anyone know anything about Liberty Media?
     
  3. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    Seems like they have pieces of QVC, Encore, Starz, IAC/InterActiveCorp

    Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Media

    Looks like they have pieces of the Middleware product OpenTV
    Small piece of Time Warner...

    But they seem to be more of a "middle"/"holding" company then a controling intrests in most of them.

    Could be back to more of the way GM "held" DirecTV
     
  4. mattbooty

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    Take this for what its worth because it came from a CSR, but when i was on the phone with tech support last week and they were setting me up to replace my 10-250 I mentioned I NEEDED to have another 10-250 and we got on the subject of how I was unhappy that D* was moving away from Tivo, the CSR kept saying in a very sly way don't be surprised if Tivo and DirecTV reach another agreement within the next 3 years. Could have something to do with this? Could just be a CSR trying to talk more than they actually know. Thought I'd mention it when I saw this.
     
  5. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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  6. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    Anything is possible with in 3 years time..
    Who knows if TiVo will still be an independent company by the end of 2007 let alone by 2009
     
  7. kbcrowe

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    It's really not worth anything, because a CSR would be the LAST to know of something like this. But it does look like Murdock is dumping this "Turd Bird".

    http://www.variety.com/VR1117950090.html
     
  8. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    Must be nice to have that kid of money, to throw a $10 Billion company and "stock" around, like it was a baseball card trade.
     
  9. dscott72

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    Quietly begins to get my party hats and noise makers available...
     
  10. generalpatton71

    generalpatton71 Open,Flash and clear

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    Yeah this could be great news. I just don't like any of the moves News Corp has made. I'd love for their to be a tivo option again, and earl Tivo just won a huge lawsuit and I know that you know that. So I'd say their is a very good chance Tivo is still independent in 2009. I'm sure if Tivo gets a pay out the size of the Rim case they will be happy to go it alone for awhile and try to get patent fees from other companies. Now if only I can get my hr10 to call out over vonage for the 6.3 update.
     
  11. Leila

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    Can someone please notify Steve Jobs that DirecTV is for sale? I'm sure Apple can find a good use for DirecTV's assets.... :D
     
  12. rminsk

    rminsk TiVoted TiVo User

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    It is not really for sale but for "trade". Murdoch is trying to get rid of NewsCorp second biggest stock holder (the first being him) by giving them DirecTV for there shares. Right now NewsCorp has taken poison pill measures to block a possible hostile take over.

    P.S. I did see the smiley. I do not want this thread to turn into an Apple taking over DirecTV thread.
     
  13. generalpatton71

    generalpatton71 Open,Flash and clear

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    You right on the money. I'm sure you read the variety article about Murdoch being scared of a possible take over. I think this is a VERY VERY good thing!!!
     
  14. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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    Shouldn't this thread be merged with this eerily similar thread in the DirecTV Forum ?

    BTW: I look forward to the day we can kiss Rupert goodbye and can only hope if he lets DirecTV go that the new primary shareholder likes loves TiVo! :)
     
  15. generalpatton71

    generalpatton71 Open,Flash and clear

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    Nope because were discussing the how this could affect HD j/j. :p
     
  16. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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  17. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

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    Yes, the case against Dish...
    But last I checked, Dish wasn't done fighting it yet....

    And $75 Million may sound like a lot to you and me.... but out there on the level there are playing.... It is big... but it is not "big".

    I don't wish ill will on TiVo, not in the least.
    But Comcast is already 18 months from announcement and no subscribers yet.
    Cox is a while off.

    And while TiVo Series 3 is a "hit" to some, it's price and the difficulties with the cable-co's ......

    Who knows what is going to happen over the "next" three years.
     
  18. kturcotte

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    Why couldn't Tivo be rich and buy directv themselves? I can dream, can't I? hehe
     
  19. generalpatton71

    generalpatton71 Open,Flash and clear

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    The RIM case had a smaller jury pay out compared to tivo. However things drudged on and on then the case ended with a 500 million settlement.

    BTW-I believe it's up to 89 million now. I'll bet you a Pepsi or Cards vs Cubs game that the final pay out to Tivo will be over 250 million dollars.
     
  20. rminsk

    rminsk TiVoted TiVo User

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    Why? Look at all the good he has done for DirecTV:
    - Got rid of TiVo and replaced with NDS DVRs
    - Changed from a ownership model with 3rd party receivers to a leasing model with DirecTV receivers
    - Raised prices
    - Got rid of Freeview and replaced with horrible music channel
    - Added very few national HD channels
    - Changed over to the XM music channels

    On second thought, you are right... he is evil and has to go.
     

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