the Brothers are back!

The ultimate renovation showdown is back on HGTV! Watch as siblings Jonathan & Drew Scott lead their teams through an intense head to head battle to renovate and add value to their respective homes onBrother Vs. Brother. Each week the winning team gets closer to the grand prize of $50,000, while the losers have to send a member of their team packing.

Don’t miss the season 2 premiere of Brother Vs. Brother, Sunday, June 8 at 9/8c on HGTV (Ch. 229).

H2 Exposes America’s Secret Slang

Have you ever wondered where expressions like “dyed in the wool,” “long in the tooth,” and “dead as a doornail?” came from? H2′s series America’s Secret Slang uncovers these mysteries, while showing how many of the words and phrases we use every day are powerful hidden records of the American story.

Watch the season premiere of America’s Secret Slang Saturday, May 31 at 9e/10p on H2 (Ch. 269).

AT&T to Acquire DIRECTV

May 18, 2014

  • The premier pay TV brand with the best content relationships now poised to deliver video to multiple screens – mobile, TV, laptops and more – to meet consumers’ future viewing and programming preferences
  • Unparalleled video content distribution scale in U.S. – nationwide mobile and video networks; broadband to cover 70 million customer locations with our broadband expansion

Latin America’s Leading Pay TV provider with Significant Growth Potential

Immediate & Long-Term Financial Benefits

  • Accretive within 12 months after close on free cash flow per share & adjusted EPS basis
  • Cost synergies expected to exceed $1.6 billion annual run rate by year three after closing
  • Improves revenue mix – dramatically increases video revenues, accelerates broadband growth and significantly expands revenues from outside United States

Delivers Significant Benefits for Consumers

  • Commitment to expand and enhance broadband to 15 million customer locations, primarily in rural areas
  • Stronger competitive alternative to cable, with a better customer experience and enhanced innovation
  • Continued commitment to net neutrality

May 18, 2014 04:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time
DALLAS & EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AT&T (NYSE:T) and DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire DIRECTV in a stock-and-cash transaction for $95 per share based on AT&T’s Friday closing price. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

The transaction combines complementary strengths to create a unique new competitor with unprecedented capabilities in mobility, video and broadband services.

DIRECTV is the premier pay TV provider in the United States and Latin America, with a high-quality customer base, the best selection of programming, the best technology for delivering and viewing high-quality video on any device and the best customer satisfaction among major U.S. cable and satellite TV providers. AT&T has a best-in-class nationwide mobile network and a high-speed broadband network that will cover 70 million customer locations with the broadband expansion enabled by this transaction.

The combined company will be a content distribution leader across mobile, video and broadband platforms. This distribution scale will position the company to better meet consumers’ future viewing and programming preferences, whether traditional pay TV, on-demand video services like Netflix or Hulu streamed over a broadband connection (mobile or fixed) or a combination of viewing preferences on any screen.

The transaction enables the combined company to offer consumers bundles that include video, high-speed broadband and mobile services using all of its sales channels — AT&T’s 2,300 retail stores and thousands of authorized dealers and agents of both companies nationwide.

“This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes. At the same time, it creates immediate and long-term value for our shareholders,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “DIRECTV is the best option for us because they have the premier brand in pay TV, the best content relationships, and a fast-growing Latin American business. DIRECTV is a great fit with AT&T and together we’ll be able to enhance innovation and provide customers new competitive choices for what they want in mobile, video and broadband services. We look forward to welcoming DIRECTV’s talented people to the AT&T family.”

“This compelling and complementary combination will bring significant benefits to all consumers, shareholders and DIRECTV employees,” said Mike White, president and CEO of DIRECTV. “U.S. consumers will have access to a more competitive bundle; shareholders will benefit from the enhanced value of the combined company; and employees will have the advantage of being part of a stronger, more competitive company, well positioned to meet the evolving video and broadband needs of the 21st century marketplace.”

DIRECTV has premier content, particularly live sports programming. It has the exclusive pay TV rights to NFL SUNDAY TICKET that provides every out-of-market game, every Sunday afternoon, on TV, laptops and mobile devices. The new AT&T will be better positioned to develop unique content offerings for consumers through, among other initiatives, AT&T’s joint venture with The Chernin Group. Today, DIRECTV’s content ownership includes ROOT SPORTS Networks and minority stakes in the Game Show Network, MLB Network, NHL Network and the Sundance Channel.

DIRECTV will continue to be headquartered in El Segundo, California, after the deal closes.

Customer Benefits and Commitments, Upon Closing

Together, the companies will be a stronger competitive alternative to cable for consumers wanting a better bundle of top-quality broadband, video and mobile services, as well as a better customer experience and enhanced innovation. Consumers will also benefit from the combined companies’ additional scale in video content distribution across its mobile, video and broadband networks. The combined company will continue to provide the world-class service and best video and entertainment experience for which DIRECTV is known.

With the benefits of the transaction, AT&T is able to commit to do the following, when the deal closes:

• 15 Million Customer Locations Get More High Speed Broadband Competition. AT&T will use the merger synergies to expand its plans to build and enhance high-speed broadband service to 15 million customer locations, mostly in rural areas where AT&T does not provide high-speed broadband service today, utilizing a combination of technologies including fiber to the premises and fixed wireless local loop capabilities. This new commitment, to be completed within four years after close, is on top of the fiber and Project VIP broadband expansion plans AT&T has already announced. Customers will be able to buy broadband service stand-alone or as part of a bundle with other AT&T services.

• Stand-Alone Broadband. For customers who only want a broadband service and may choose to consume video through an over-the-top (OTT) service like Netflix or Hulu, the combined company will offer stand-alone wireline broadband service at speeds of at least 6 Mbps (where feasible) in areas where AT&T offers wireline IP broadband service today at guaranteed prices for three years after closing.

• Nationwide Package Pricing on DIRECTV. DIRECTV’s TV service will continue to be available on a stand-alone basis at nationwide package prices that are the same for all customers, no matter where they live, for at least three years after closing.

• Net Neutrality Commitment. Continued commitment for three years after closing to the FCC’s Open Internet protections established in 2010, irrespective of whether the FCC re-establishes such protections for other industry participants following the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacating those rules.

• Spectrum Auction. The transaction does not alter AT&T’s plans to meaningfully participate in the FCC’s planned spectrum auctions later this year and in 2015. AT&T intends to bid at least $9 billion in connection with the 2015 incentive auction provided there is sufficient spectrum available in the auction to provide AT&T a viable path to at least a 2×10 MHz nationwide spectrum footprint.

Latin America

DIRECTV’s Latin American business is the leading pay TV provider in the region and has more than 18 million subscribers, including all Sky Mexico customers. DIRECTV’s satellite platform’s broad reach remains advantaged when compared with cable and telco in Latin America. Latin America has an underpenetrated pay TV market (about 40% of households subscribe to pay TV) and a growing middle class, and is DIRECTV’s fastest growing customer segment.

Summary Terms of Transaction

DIRECTV shareholders will receive $95.00 per share under the terms of the merger, comprised of $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. The stock portion will be subject to a collar such that DIRECTV shareholders will receive 1.905 AT&T shares if AT&T stock price is below $34.90 at closing and 1.724 AT&T shares if AT&T stock price is above $38.58 at closing. If AT&T stock price at closing is between $34.90 and $38.58, DIRECTV shareholders will receive a number of shares between 1.724 and 1.905, equal to $66.50 in value.

This purchase price implies a total equity value of $48.5 billion and a total transaction value of $67.1 billion, including DIRECTV’s net debt. This transaction implies an adjusted enterprise value multiple of 7.7 times DIRECTV’s 2014 estimated EBITDA. Post-transaction, DIRECTV shareholders will own between 14.5% and 15.8% of AT&T shares on a fully-diluted basis based on the number of AT&T shares outstanding today.

AT&T intends to finance the cash portion of the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, sale of non-core assets, committed financing facilities and opportunistic debt market transactions.

To facilitate the regulatory approval process in Latin America, AT&T intends to divest its interest in América Móvil. This includes 73 million publicly listed L shares and all of its AA shares. AT&T’s designees to the América Móvil Board of Directors will tender their resignations immediately to avoid even the appearance of any conflict.

Transaction Creates Immediate and Long-Term Shareholder Value

AT&T expects the deal to be accretive on a free cash flow per share and adjusted EPS basis within the first 12 months after closing.

The combination provides significant opportunities for operating efficiencies. AT&T expects cost synergies to exceed $1.6 billion on an annual run rate basis by year three after closing. The expected synergies are primarily driven by increased scale in video.

Along with DIRECTV’s current strong cash flows, this transaction is expected to support future investment in growth opportunities and shareholder returns.

The combination diversifies AT&T’s revenue mix and provides numerous growth opportunities as it dramatically increases video revenues, accelerates broadband growth and significantly expands revenues from outside the United States. Given the structure of this transaction, which includes AT&T stock consideration as part of the deal and the monetization of non-core assets, AT&T expects to continue to maintain the strongest balance sheet in the industry following the transaction close.

AT&T’s 2014 guidance for the company remains largely unchanged. However, the company’s intention is to divest its interest in América Móvil, which will result in an approximately $0.05 reduction in EPS, as the América Móvil investment will no longer be accounted for under the equity method. Adjusted 2014 EPS growth is now expected to come in at the low-end of the company’s mid-single digit guidance.

The merger is subject to approval by DIRECTV shareholders and review by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, a few U.S. states and some Latin American countries. The transaction is expected to close within approximately 12 months.

Conference Call/Webcast

On Monday, May 19, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. ET, AT&T and DIRECTV will host a webcast presentation to discuss the transaction. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on both AT&T’s and DIRECTV’s Investor Relations websites.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high-speed broadband, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers TV service with the AT&T U-Verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. For more information on AT&T, visit http://www.att.com

About DIRECTV

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV provides digital television service to over 20 million customers in the United States and more than 18 million customers in Latin America. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two regional sports networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in ROOT SPORTS Northwest and Game Show Network. For more information on DIRECTV, visithttp://www.DIRECTV.com

HD Extra Pack… Free!

Up Your HD With the XTRA Package!

May 14, 2014

If you like what you see, you can easily upgrade to XTRA and start enjoying all of these channels as part of your regular channel lineup!

Forecast at the press of a button!

NEW! Get your local weather forecast at the press of a button!

February 10, 2014

Start your day off right with WeatherNation’s Local Weather Now—a great new interactive feature that lets you check your local weather forecast instantly on your TV.

Wondering whether you’ll need an umbrella today? Just tune in to WeatherNation on Channel 361 and press the RED button on your remote control. You’ll see today’s weather and the forecast for the whole week ahead! (Please note: If you’re tuning in to WeatherNation for the first time, you’ll be asked to confirm your ZIP code—don’t worry, you’ll only have to do this once.)

Need a bit more info? WeatherNation will also run short term and extended weather forecasts for your ZIP code automatically on the channel every 10 minutes!

The Weather Channel Returns!

The Weather Channel Returns to DIRECTV

 EL SEGUNDO, Calif., and ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – The Weather Channel will return to DIRECTV (channel 362) tomorrow as both companies have settled on a new agreement, the financial terms of which were not disclosed.

As part of the new pact, The Weather Channel agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays; return instant local weather and allow authenticated DIRECTV customers to watch The Weather Channel’s video programming on multiple devices inside and outside the home.

“Our apologies to DIRECTV and their customers for the disruption of our service and for initiating a public campaign,” said David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Company, parent to The Weather Channel. “Our viewers deserve better than a public dispute and we pledge to reward their loyalty with exceptional programming and more weather focused news.”

“It’s a shame these disputes are played out on a public stage, but I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work together with The Weather Channel in a way that will benefit everyone,” said Dan York, DIRECTV’s chief content officer. “I know this was frustrating for many of our customers, but their patience was ultimately rewarded with a better deal and a better product.”

AXS TV Presents the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 28, 2014

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the hottest music events of the year, and AXS TV is your ticket to the show. AXS TV is providing 24 hours of live coverage of the event, which will feature performances by Santana, Phish, Robert Plant, John Fogerty, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and more.

Coverage begins May 1 on AXS TV (Ch. 340).

DIRECTV everywhere

Stream Even More Channels on Your Computer, Tablet, or Phone

March 31, 2014

Who says you need be in front of a TV to watch TV? DIRECTV Everywhere lets you stream live TV everywhere you go—on your computer, tablet, or phone. And with new added channels you can watch more than ever.

DIRECTV Everywhere now gives you 100 streaming channels inside your home, and 34 channels outside. Watch hit movies and shows on your favorite networks including HBO®, STARZ®, SHOWTIME®, Cinemax®, and many more. You can even watch thousands of the biggest big-screen blockbusters on DIRECTV CINEMA®!

The newest additions to the DIRECTV Everywhere family include the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Now you can get live, up-to-the-second national, world, and business news, exactly when you want them.

Sign in to directv.com to see the channels you can stream at homesee the channels you can stream outside your home, and choose On Demand movies and shows.

Minute to Win It is Back!

The hit game show Minute to Win It is back with all new outrageous challenges that could win a lucky contestant $250,000.  Ordinary household objects are used in the challenges, and as the stakes get higher, the tasks get tougher.

All new episodes of Minute to Win It hosted by Apolo Ohno air Tuesdays at 8/7c on GSN (Ch. 233)

Orphan Black is Back

Orphan Black, BBC America’s groundbreaking drama, is back!  As the second season begins, Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is in search of her missing daughter, a quest that will bring her into contact with her pro-clone Rachael (also Maslany).  Also in the mix are clone sisters Alison and Cosima (both played by Maslany), both trying to survive in a world where nobody can be trusted.

Orphan Black returns Saturday, April 19 at 9/8c on BBC America (Ch.  264).