×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

AT&T Taps Former Sirius XM, Cisco Exec as Video and Internet CTO

Enrique Rodriguez joins telco after former DirecTV CTO Rômulo Pontual exits

AT&T has hired Enrique Rodriguez as executive VP and chief technical officer for its Entertainment and Internet business, a role that spans both AT&T’s U-verse service as well as DirecTV, and any product that the company may develop to supersede either of those services.

In a related move, former DirecTV CTO Rômulo Pontual left the company after AT&T completed the $49 billion acquisition of the satcaster in July, Variety has learned.

Rodriguez until recently worked for satellite-radio provider Sirius XM as EVP of products, operations and connected vehicle. Before that, he worked for Cisco Systems, overseeing the company’s service provider business after heading Microsoft’s TV business.

At AT&T, Rodriguez will have to figure out how the company is going to eventually merge the U-verse TV and DirecTV pay-TV subscription business. AT&T has taken some initial steps to cross-market the companies’ products since the FCC approved the merger, offering consumers bundles that combine AT&T’s wireless service and DirecTV service.

AT&T announced last week that it selected Ericsson to further integrate both services, but hasn’t yet laid out how it plans to eventually bring them together. AT&T currently has close to 6 million U-verse TV subscribers, whereas DirecTV has about 20 million in the U.S.

An AT&T rep confirmed Rodriguez’s appointment as well as Pontual’s departure.

More Digital

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    Epic Pulls 'Fortnite' Ads From YouTube After Child Predator Controversy

    Epic Games is no longer running “Fortnite” pre-roll ads on YouTube after it was discovered they were playing on videos alleged predators used to exploit children, according to The Verge. The developer has paused all of its pre-roll advertising, which plays before a video starts on the streaming platform, a spokesperson said. It also reached [...]

  • New Video Shows Off Vive Cosmos

    New Video Shows Off Vive Cosmos VR Controllers

    There’s still much to be learned about HTC’s Vive Cosmos — like release date, specs, and price — but Wednesday the company released a short teaser video giving a slightly better glimpse of the controllers in action. The new controllers look a bit like rival VR headset Oculus Rift’s Touch controller, though reversed in some [...]

  • YouTube logo

    Disney Reportedly Pulls YouTube Ads Over Child-Exploitation Controversy

    YouTube is facing yet another big advertiser backlash, with Disney and Epic Games among the marketers said to have pulled their ad spending after the Google-owned video platform was accused of facilitating what a critic described as a “soft-core pedophilia ring.” Vlogger Matt Watson, in a Feb. 17 video on his YouTube channel MattsWhatItIs, showed [...]

  • Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ Unveiled

    Samsung Announces Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ Phones

    Samsung officially announced its new flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and its larger sibling, Galaxy S10+, at its Unpacked press event in San Francisco on Wednesday morning. The new phone features a punch-hole cut-out for its front-facing camera, which allowed the company to use an edge-to-edge screen design without the notch found on the latest [...]

  • Samsung's Galaxy Fold Unveiled at Unpacked

    Samsung Announces Galaxy Fold, a $1,980 Foldable Phone

    Samsung officially announced its new foldable phone, dubbed the Galaxy Fold, at its Unpacked press event in San Francisco Wednesday morning. The device features two screens that unfold to a tablet-sized slate. “We are giving you a device that doesn’t just define a new category, it defies categories,” said Samsung senior vice president of product [...]

  • ABC-Oscar-Game

    ABC to Launch Oscars Live Play-Along Game With $50,000 Grand Prize

    ABC is hoping to drive viewers to its host-less telecast of the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday by dangling the promise of cold, hard cash to one lucky winner. The broadcaster is launching “The Official Oscar Game,” a live game that will let viewers play along in real time during the awards presentation. The game’s [...]

  • Dave Finocchio - Bleacher Report

    Bleacher Report Co-Founder Dave Finocchio to Exit This Summer

    Dave Finocchio is leaving Turner’s Bleacher Report, the millennial-skewing digital sports company he co-founded in 2005 and led as CEO for the last three years. With Finocchio set to exit in June, Turner Sports has named Howard Mittman as CEO of Bleacher Report to replace him. Finocchio hired Mittman, who has held a dual role [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content