After the debacle of the Aereo decision by the Supreme Court, this site noted that the decision would lead to a number of companies trying to use the “looks like a duck” test.
Over the last few years, deceptive business practices have become a rather common tactic by cable/internet companies looking to make a few more dollars off their consumers.
The focus now shifts to Clearwire, where Dish has a new set of headaches. Sprint’s deal with Softbank hinges, in part, on Sprint’s ability to acquire the remaining half of Clearwire it didn’t already own.
In a rather bold move, Sprint has sued Dish Network to stop the satellite TV provider from purchasing a controlling interest in Clearwire. Though the offer Dish put on the table was recommended by the Clearwire board to their shareholders, Sprint is claiming it violates shareholders’ rights under the Clearwire charter.
Clearwire is the winner in this scenario, as they’re in the best position to dictate terms. Just as it was before, the Dish offer is the best on the table. This time, they’ve gone ahead and accepted it, rather than take payment from Sprint.
Softbank has increased their offer for Sprint to $21.6 billion, up from just over $20 billion, and restructured it to give them a larger stake. The new offer is for $16.6 billion in cash, and $5 billion invested into the new company. Is more money to shareholders, and less invested into the new company, a good idea?
Yesterday Dish Network threw a pretty big wrench into Softbank’s plans to takeover Sprint, offering up its own bid of $25.5 billion. Despite Dish’s proposal, Softbank still expects to complete the deal with Sprint on July 1st.
DISH Network has long been a shark, circling the school of Mobile carrier fish. They made an attempt to wrestle Clearwire from Sprint long ago, and were famously flirting with Google regarding a network of some sort. DISH has an angle here… and it’s a good one. They want to bundle everything we want, together, making themselves the go-to provider for… anything, really.
In the wake of the Sprint-SoftBank deal, we learned that Sprint would need to buy out the remaining half of Clearwire they didn’t yet own. Sprint’s offer to Clearwire was for $800 million, spread out over 10 months. Each month, Clearwire can take an $80 million payment, which is convertible to Clearwire stock.
The Dish Network and Sprint rivalry has been going on quietly behind larger events like CES 2013. However, the two companies continue to battle as Dish asks the FCC to freeze the Sprint and Softbank deal.