Dish CEO says the company needs to transform itself before video declines


American satellite company Dish says it needs to find a new business model before its old one disappears. On an investor call, the company was asked whether it would rather have a merger with rival DirecTV or an acquisition of mobile carrier Sprint — A Dish-DirecTV merger was blocked by the FCC in 2002, and Dish made a surprise bid for Sprint just last month. Unsurprisingly, CEO Joe Clayton picked Sprint. “We would transform DISH and we transform Sprint,” he said, according to TV Predictions. “And it becomes a unique company. It’s something that nobody else can do inside and outside the home.”

More dramatically, Clayton dismissed a DirecTV merger and, to some extent, both companies’ core models. “While there’ll be a lot of synergy and…

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