AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DIRECTV, approved last week, could open door for Pac-12 Networks to finally reach a deal with the distributor.
BURBANK, Calif. — The $49 billion domino has fallen. Now the Pac-12 hopes its broadcasting network can finally find its way into more homes.
Since the Pac-12 launched its own network in 2012, the conference and DIRECTV have been at an impasse over the distribution of the Pac-12 Networks, a point of frustration for fans who subscribe to DIRECTV’s otherwise sports-heavy programming.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission approved AT&T’s $49 billion purchase of DIRECTV, a deal that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is optimistic will rekindle “positive” negotiations to get Pac-12 Networks on DIRECTV.
“We are delighted that our good partner AT&T successfully acquired DIRECTV,” Scott said Thursday morning at Pac-12 media days. “We’ve been looking forward to this because we have an excellent relationship with AT&T, have now for a couple of years. … They’re a partner of the conference. Their video service, AT&T U-verse distributes the Pac-12 Networks. They’re delighted with it, and obviously, they’ve now got to digest a $49 billion dollar acquisition, but I’m confident we’ll be a priority, and there will be discussions that take place hopefully very soon. I’m optimistic that we’ll have positive conversations.
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“I can’t predict what may happen when because those conversations have not been able to take place heretofore. But I’m delighted for our partners, delighted for us.”