AT&T announced in May it will acquire DirecTV for roughly $49 billion, creating a giant company offering video, broadband and wireless phone calls to reach 70 million customers nationwide.
DirecTV has 20.2 million customers in the U.S. that subscribe to basic and premium programming packages which include HBO, ESPN, MTV, Cinemax, NFL Sunday Ticket and NBA League Pass. Basic packages start at $29.99 per month. Customers can use an 18-inch dish to receive programming in most areas in North America.
The company also offers Digital Video Recorders and 185 channels in high definition. Subscribers can also view content on laptop computers, tablets and cellphones.
DirecTV has three broadcasting centers in Long Beach, CA (DirecTV Latin America), Marina Del Rey, CA and Castle Rock, CO that transmit programming to five orbiting satellites. DirecTV even has its own entertainment programming.
DIRECTV Latin America owns approximately 93% of Sky Brasil, 41% of Sky Mexico and 100% of PanAmericana, which covers most of the remaining countries in the region. Sky Brasil and PanAmericana ended the year with 5.4 million and 6.2 million subscribers, respectively. Sky Mexico had approximately 6 million subscribers as of December 31, 2013, bringing the total subscribers in the region to 17.6 million.
In 2013, the company reported record revenues of $31.7 billion, an increase of 7%, and net income of $2.96 billion. Average subscriber revenue is $102.18 per month in the U.S. DirecTV added 169,000 net subscribers in the U.S. in 2013. Average subscriber revenue in Latin America per month is $51.64
DirecTV is majority-owned by Liberty Media. The company was launched in 1994.
Updated May 19, 2014