Dish Network-DirecTV and XM-Sirius
The proposed mergers between Dish Network and DirecTV (2001-2002) and between XM and
Sirius (2007-2008) were both vetted by U.S. antitrust and regulatory authorities. Although the
proposed mergers seem to have many similarities, the government authorities reached opposite
conclusions and the outcomes for the companies were different. Can the opposite conclusions
and outcomes be justified in terms of the economics and the law? Or, did the authorities err in
one of the cases? Should Dish Network and DirecTV use XM-Sirius as a basis for renewing
their merger proposal?
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