Qwest buyer CenturyLink switches from Dish Network to DirecTV
August 2, 2010
CenturyLink, the company buying Qwest, has dropped Dish Network as the satellite TV service it sells in its voice, video and Internet bundles. It will sell DirecTV instead.
The change gives Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink (NASDAQ: CTL) the same satellite partner as Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), which CenturyLink is buying in a valued at $22 billion deal, when debt is included. The merger is expected to close by spring, 2011.
CenturyLink, formerly known as CenturyTel, has been a longtime reseller of Douglas County-based Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) service. CenturyLink’s acquisition in 2009 of Embarq made it an even larger Dish reseller, with the combined company topping 500,000 Dish subscribers spread across 20 states.
But this weekend, CenturyLink began offering DirecTV deals to its residential customers.
El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV has resale
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Compiled by the DBJ’s Greg Avery