AT&T mulls EchoStar pact, launches U-verse in MI

AT&T said it would migrate to just one satellite TV partner by this time next year. The service provider currently has contracts with both EchoStar and DirecTV. "Both of those are contractual arrangements that run through roughly the first part of next year," said AT&T CTO Richard Lindner at a Morgan Stanley communications conference in Washington. "And so I would expect that we will migrate to one provider and we will make those final decisions between now and the end of this year."

AT&T resells EchoStar TV services in 13 states in the Midwest and Southwest. It also resells DirecTV in nine states in the Southeast. The relationship with EchoStar comes from SBS, while DirecTV had inked those deals with BellSouth.

For more on AT&T's satellite relationships:
- see this article from Rocky Mountain News

ALSO: AT&T launched U-verse services in Ann Arbor and Detroit, MI. Article