Dish is willing to pay $25.5 billion for Sprint because it thinks the wireless high-speed Internet Sprint can offer is the future of streaming TV. If the deal goes through, the satellite provider would offer Internet delivered wirelessly from Sprint cellphone towers to a rooftop antenna, Dish Chairman Charles Ergan told The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran and Anton Troianovski. So instead of losing customers as they make the inevitable shift from bundles of television to streaming, Dish can ensure it controls the tubes for the new mode of consumption. Like Comcast, and other pay TV entities that also sell Internet, Dish would like to have something to gain from the shifting viewing trends.
It's also rumored that Dish Network may want to partner with Aereo to avoid retransmission fees. And, we have CBS and Univision threatening to pull their highest rated programming from OTA if Aereo wins its court case. Fun, fun, it's the TV wars!!!