Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, satellite TV provider DIRECTV Group (Nasdaq: DTV) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at DIRECTV's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.


Headquarters (Founded)

El Segundo, Calif. (1990)

Market Cap

$33.9 billion


Cable and satellite

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$22.27 billion


CEO Michael White (since January 2010)

CFO Patrick Doyle (since October 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$3.5 billion / $8.8 billion

Price-to-Earnings (DTV and S&P 500)

27.8 and 15.6

1-Year Return



Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)

DISH Network (Nasdaq: DISH)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 10% of the 644 members who have rated DIRECTV believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include jmhunnel and JustHanginOut.

Late last month, jhunnel noted that DIRECTV "is trading at over 20 times their highest earnings." Our CAPS member continues: "Even if they win the HD battle, by the time their earnings grow enough to justify the current price, we'll be getting our TV some other way (cell phones, [Google] app, whatever)."

Last week, in a reply to that pitch, JustHanginOut agreed with that bearish line of thinking:

Even worse, we're ALREADY getting our TV in other ways. A large and growing segment of the population is increasingly getting their entertainment from companies like [Netflix] and an even faster growing portion of these people use the streaming service as a cheap alternative to subscription television. Betting on a cable or dish company is kind of like betting on a telephone maker back when cell phones first started becoming popular. If the valuation looked cheap it would be a different story but the valuation here is pretty lofty too.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Netflix is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.