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Pay-TV field could shrink again with AT&T interest in DirecTV
Pay-TV field could shrink again with AT&T interest in DirecTV

A rush among the nation's largest pay-TV and Internet providers to get even bigger could have profound effects on consumers and competition. Telecommunications giant AT&T has approached DirecTV about buying the satellite broadcaster in a bid to become more competitive in the rapidly consolidating pay-television landscape. A potential deal would create a chief rival to Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable television operator that hopes to acquire Time Warner Cable and some customers of Charter Communications. The deal-making spree has consumer activists, media watchdogs and some customers on edge. Consumers could end up on the losing end, they said. "Because...

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