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LifeShield acquired by Hawk Capital Partners

August 2, 2017Spencer Ives

LANGHORNE, Pa.—LifeShield, a DIY installed and professionally monitored security solution, was acquired by Hawk Capital Partners, the firm announced on July 27.Hawk Capital appointed David Tanzer as the company's CEO. “My previous experience involved working in several other sectors where direct-to-consumer customer acquisition was critical to the success of the company,” he told Security Systems News. Tanzer served as either the president or CEO for The Noodle Companies, GT Brands...

David Tanzer, DIRECTV, Hawk Capital Partners, Lifeshield, Mike Hagan

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Good news for security companies: Cable Guy's customer service ratings fall to new lows

May 21, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

Professional security companies proudly point to the good service they give consumers as an important differentiator between them and their giant cableco and telecom competitors. And a new consumer satisfaction survey suggests they don't have to worry about losing that edge to the Cable Guy anytime soon—because it shows new dips for Time Warner Cable and Comcast, and AT&T and DIRECTV don't fare too well, either. The American Customer Satisfaction Index released its annual measure...

American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, David VanAmburg, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon

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AT&T to buy DIRECTV for $48.5b

May 19, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

DALLAS, Texas and EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—AT&T plans to buy satellite television provider DIRECTV for $48.5 billion, the companies announced this week. The deal will allow AT&T to expand its broadband network to more than 70 million customer locations, the companies said. Both companies have home security/home automation offerings—AT&T has Digital Life and DIRECTV bought LifeShield Security last year. And according to Tom Kerber, director of research, home control and energy for Parks Associates,...

ABI Research, AT&T, Comcast, Digital Life, DIRECTV, Jonathan Collins, Kevin Petersen, Lifeshield, Parks Associates, Protection One, Time Warner Cable, Tom Kerber

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AT&T earns CSAA Five Diamond certification

June 26, 2013Leif Kothe

DALLAS—AT&T, which launched its Digital Life home security/home automation platform in April, has received Five Diamond certification from the Central Station Alarm Association, the company announced this week. “We are pleased to have received the CSAA Five Diamond certification as only fewer than 150 of approximately 2,700 central stations across the U.S. achieve this status,” an AT&T representative told Security Systems News. “And we are even more pleased to have done...

AT&T, central station, Digital Life, DIRECTV, The Monitoring Association (TMA), wholesale monitoring

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On The Editor's Desk

Kessler and DeMarco: Professional monitoring, strategy bode well for DIRECTV/Lifeshield deal

June 5, 2013Martha Entwistle

I had a chance to speak to Jeff Kessler, research analyst for Imperial Capital, and ESX chairman George DeMarco about the satellite television giant DIRECTV getting into security with the purchase of LifeShield. Below is a summary of those discussion: This deal is different from the string of cable companies and telecoms that have jumped into the fray over the past couple of years, Kessler said, for a couple of reasons. First, DIY is built into the DNA of both DIRECTV and LifeSheild, Kessler said....

DIRECTV, George DeMarco, home security, Imperial Capital, Jeff Kessler, Lifeshield, satellite television

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DIRECTV gets into security, acquires LifeShield

June 5, 2013Martha Entwistle

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Satellite TV provider DIRECTV is getting into home security with the purchase of LifeShield. Formerly known as InGrid, LifeShield is a self-installed, professionally monitored, wireless digital security system. DIRECTV opted to purchase a company instead of partner with one because over time, it wants to “fully integrate the home security technology with the DIRECTV video experience,” Brad Bentley, DIRECTV SVP, told Security Systems News. DIRECTV will begin...

ADT, Brad Bentley, DIRECTV, Guardian Protection, InGrid, Lifeshield, Lou Stilp, Mike Hagan, Protection One, Robert Mercer, Russ Cersosimo, Security Systems News (SSN)

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