3 Reasons Google Won't Steal Sunday Ticket From DIRECTV

The Internet has long been talked for its cable-killing potential. However, even after the rise of high-quality streaming services like Netflix, the cable industry has largely remained resilient to disruption.

Professional football was recently another focal point of this long-discussed trend when none other than search goliath Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) name surfaced as a potential bidder for the upcoming round for the broadcast rights for the NFL's Sunday Ticket programming. This gave shareholders of satellite provider¬†DIRECTV (UNKNOWN: DTV.DL  ) fits, as the service has become an increasingly integral part of its business. So will Google, with its billions in the bank, enter uncharted territory by bringing big-ticket sports online, or DIRECTV fight off what could be a death blow? In the video below, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner gives investors three reasons why DIRECTV is likely to hold onto Sunday Ticket in its next negotiations.

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  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2013, at 9:34 AM, effingjedimaster wrote:

    There are only a couple of issues with this article. For one, Directv has now said a few times, they are no longer interested in their arrangement with the NFL and this package. They pay in a billion a year, and only have around $750 million in subscribers, etc.

    Also, they have continued to see reduced numbers of general subscribers, especially with that package because of the availability of streaming for this. With high speed internet available in more areas, and the prevalence of people wanting to not have traditional cable, more and more people are willing to go this route.

    Look for Google to take this over, and unlike Directv., actually make money doing it.

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