Today in Philly Tech History January 22, 1999: DirecTV to buy assets of PrimeStar; Comcast exits satellite business

DirecTV announced on January 22, 1999 it would acquire the assets of Primestar, a rival satellite TV provider owned by a group of cable operators including Comcast and a GE satellite unit, for $1.82 billion. The deal would give DirecTV potential access to Primestar's 2.3 million customers, as well as its satellite assets. Primestar was reported to be running out of cash, hurt by older technology and a high churn rate among its customer base.


Daily Links 1/22/2013: Microsoft may invest in Dell buyout

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Microsoft May Invest $1-$3 Billion in Dell Buyout (CNBC)

SAP cloudwashes its image (Vinnie Mirchandani/Enterprise Irregulars)

Questions SAP should answer during its Q4 earnings call
SAP's HANA, the cloud, changing sales culture and product mix will all be up for discussion

Verizon Earnings Fall as Discounts Yield Customer Record (Bloomberg)

Sandy, Pension Charges Bite Into Verizon Q4 Results
Telco Adds 134K TV and 144K FiOS Internet Subs, Drops 117K DSL Lines
(Multichannel News)

Verizon Strips Sports Out of FiOS TV 'Select HD' Package (Multichannel News)

Intel-Comcast TV Everywhere Deal Tops CES Show, GroupM's Michael Bologna (Beet.TV)

Service Electric buys Shen-Heights TV (Pottsville Republican Herald)
Interesting story covering the origins of the Cable TV business.

The world’s largest student-run hackathon isn’t at Stanford or MIT — it’s at Penn (PandoDaily)

Social to Play Second String on Game Day Marketers debate value of Twitter, Facebook in Super Bowl mix (Ad Week)
Philly's Red Tettemer + Partners producing Century 21 spot again this year.