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According to a new Bloomberg report, Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks with Sprint about selling T-Mobile and combining the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless operators. That’s really not new, considering Sprint was responding to the same rumors of a T-Mobile merger last Summer, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse at the time suggesting such a deal “makes sense.” According to this new report, the talks have been “on and off,” and a final deal may not be reached. Piggyback this on our exclusive report from earlier today about Sprint letting Lightsquared piggyback on Sprint’s LTE build, and Sprint has been very busy with their Clearwire alternative contingency plans. Bloomberg’s sources frame a Sprint merger or Clearwire spectrum purchases as an either/or proposition:
Talks have been on and off, and a deal may not be reached, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private. The companies haven t been able to agree on the valuation of T-Mobile….T-Mobile is also discussing buying wireless spectrum from Clearwire Corp. as an alternative to a merger with Sprint, two people said. Deutsche Telekom s Hoettges said last month that buying U.S. wireless spectrum from Clearwire is only one option for the German phone company. He ruled out an outright sale of T-Mobile in the U.S.
So, talks have included discussion of Deutsche Telekom owning about 50 percent of a combined T-Mobile USA-Sprint, or T-Mobile continuing on their own using spectrum acquired from Clearwire to fuel further network upgrades. It’s not clear where any of this leaves Clearwire, though you can expect all of this to be sorted out within the next three to six months, and we may have some juicy Clearwire inside information shortly.
With Hulu essentially a timid extension of the cable industry, Netflix is about as disruptive as you’re currently going to get in the Internet video space. That’s certainly not thanks to Hollywood, which has employed obnoxious licensing restrictions like 30 day new release delays to limit Netflix’s power and supposedly protect DVD sales revenue. CNET notes that Hollywood execs continue to be “spooked” by Netflix, and are worried about a number of things, including Netflix’s impact on in-flight movie purchases and DVD sales, which the studios insist have slowed in the age of digital media despite their new release delay windows (duh). Hollywood’s plan appears to be to simply dump less valuable content to Netflix and home consumers “get bored”:
The prevailing feeling among the studio managers I spoke with is that Netflix’s streaming service will be a good outlet for the least-valuable material. If they have their way, Netflix will be the Internet equivalent of a swap meet, where only the most dated and least popular titles are available. The studios are betting that eventually people will get bored with the service. All this hand wringing about Netflix can be traced to the company’s recent success. Netflix streaming has become too big too fast. The video-rental service, founded in 1997, surpassed the 20 million-subscriber mark in the quarter ended December 31. That represents a 66 percent jump in subscribers from the 12 million the company possessed a year before.
Incessant whining and trying to disrupt a new delivery route for your content you weren’t innovative enough to create ourself certainly sounds like Hollywood thinking. However, Hollywood isn’t Netflix’s only problem — with Netflix getting more vocal about the anti-competitive impact of metered billing, North America’s largest ISPs are also going to increasingly be taking aim at the company.