Top executives of AT&T and DirecTV are holding a call with investors Monday morning to pitch them on the mammoth $49-billion deal that will create the nation's second-largest pay-television company.
"The burden is on AT&T and DirecTV to show otherwise," he said. "We'll have to analyze this carefully for potential harms both to the video programming and the wireless markets."
But any kind of dealmaking is being met with concern. There's already growing consumer frustration with not just the lack of choice, but that rates will go higher with just a handful of companies controlling pay TV.
"Now I can get my Internet and cable together," said William Gill, 31, who lives in the greater Wilshire area. "The bottom line is it's a good call."
These will be among the arguments when regulators, including the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department, begin to weigh the two deals. Executives from AT&T and Comcast believe the process will take about a year to complete.