In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in.
It’ll be 12 months before this deal closes, but that might not happen unless DirecTV renews its NFL agreement. AT&T has reserved the right to sack the whole thing if there’s no football included. But if all falls into place and regulators do sign off on the merger, it could improve Sprint’s chance of hooking up with T-Mobile.