Once the merger is completed and DirecTV is folded into EchoStar, I wonder what effect if any that will have. The two systems are not directly compatible with each other.
That should probably read -if- the merger is completed. There's a lot of opposition to it, and rightfully so.
All that said, the fact remains that LiveTV has been shopped to every carrier in the US. Aside from Legend, Jetblue, and now Frontier, everyone has passed on it for one reason or another. So, I don't expect a lot of profit potential, despite the spin that Neeleman has put on it so far.