EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (
Chairman John Malone hasn't ruled out the possibility of a takeover of his company by
In an interview with
, Malone said the two companies, which develop packages of phone and television services, have close ties to DirecTV.
"Our relationship will continue to broaden and intensify," he told
. "It may lead to some more ownership-oriented relationship, or it may not."
Some AT&T and Verizon customers already are serviced by DirecTV's pay-TV.
DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, simplified a potential takeover bid by agreeing to merge with Malone's Liberty Entertainment unit by the end of the year. The move cut Malone's voting stake in half, clearing the path for a potential acquisition,
Shareholders of DirecTV approved the Liberty transaction on Thursday..