CenturyLink to resell DirecTV satellite service

NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - DirecTV DTV.O said that rural telephone company CenturyLink on Monday will resell DirecTV's satellite television service, pushing aside rival Dish Network DISH.O.

A DirecTV spokesman declined to comment on the financial terms of the agreement, except to note that it is exclusive.

CenturyLink’s marketing relationship with Dish dates back to 2005 when the company was known as CenturyTel.

A Dish Network spokeswoman decline to comment. A spokesman for CenturyLink was not immediately available for comment.

CenturyLink is in the process of buying Qwest Communications Q.N, in a $10.6 billion deal announced in April that combines the third- and fourth-biggest U.S. phone operators. The merged company will have customers in 37 states and about 17 million access lines, if the deal is approved by federal regulators. (Reporting by Franklin Paul, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)