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Ergen DirecTV Overture Puts Dish in Play as AT&T Waits: Real M&A

Charlie Ergen doesn’t want to be left out.

The chairman of Dish Network Corp. contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite-television companies, people with knowledge of the matter said yesterday. Ergen made the approach in response to Comcast Corp.’s planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., according to one of the people.