- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

BIG MERGER: AT&T; is seeking to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion, of $95 per share, in a deal to help it better compete with rivals.

WHY IT’S HAPPENING: The deal would give telecommunications giant AT&T; a larger base of video subscribers. The combined company would serve 26 million TV customers. AT&T; could also improve its Internet service by pushing its current U-verse subscribers onto DirecTV’s satellite-based service, freeing up bandwidth in its network.

WHAT’S NEXT: The deal could face scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department. The companies expect it to close within 12 months.

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