During an interview at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland with The Wall Street Journal, Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, says the company has been testing both “AT&T” and “DirecTV” for the name of a newly combined pay TV provider.
"We haven't decided yet how we are going to brand it," Stephenson said. "We're testing the DirecTV brand and the AT&T brand, so we're doing a lot of thinking."
For several years now, AT&T has operated its “U-verse” IPTV-delivered TV provider, which now has around 7 million subscribers. But Stephenson reveals that AT&T’s “U-verse” as a business continues to struggle.
"With 6 or 7 million video subscribers — growing at 24% — we still can't make money because of the programming costs," he said. With the DirecTV acquisition, AT&T total video subscribers would get to 27 million U.S. subscribers.
But with DirecTV, the business takes on a different light. "Put it together with DirecTV, and we have a profitable business to sell into. With DirecTV, we have an ability for someone to walk out of an AT&T store with an iPad and lots of programming. No one else can do that."