AT&T Completes Acquisition of Time Warner

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    AT&T this afternoon announced that it has completed its acquisition of Time Warner, just two days after a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the merger could move forward.
    The news comes after the United States Justice Department said that it would not seek a stay to stop the merger from happening. The DoJ can, however, appeal the decision if it chooses to do so even after the completion of the merger.

    In a statement earlier this week, the DoJ said it believes that the merger between the two companies will make the pay TV market "less competitive and less innovative."

    AT&T's purchase of Time Warner had been on hold since November, when the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to put a stop to it based on the argument that it would lead to higher bills and fewer options for consumers.

    AT&T's successful acquisition of Time Warner and the judge's ruling in favor of the two companies has already had an impact on the television market, with Comcast moving forward with a $65 billion all-cash offer for Fox's assets.

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  2. sychox51 macrumors newbie

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    So, with net neutrality now dead, is there any reason to believe AT&T won’t restrict Time Warner content to AT&T subscribers?
     
  3. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    No, it would be total and absolute commercial suicide for the brand.
     
  4. SamGabbay macrumors 6502a

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    Unless this means that I will now have 5G speeds on my iPhone sooner...
     
  5. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks DoJ. They could have requested a stay and stopped this while appealing the ruling. Why did they let it happen???
     
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    If anything, I think that would just promote more pirating of content.
     
  8. bibigon macrumors member

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    The judge said he would deny a stay. Told DOJ they had a bite at the apple already, and wouldn't let them tie up the merger any longer.
     
  9. Kaibelf macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. The public would be furious and it would collapse access too many valuable properties. Disney would then swoop in like a vulture and grab the inevitable spinoff.
     
  10. bibigon macrumors member

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    It would be hugely value destructive. They just paid $110B for the business. By restricting access to its content, they need to recoup all of that value loss in new subscribers.
     
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    Yep, that's why VPN and news group providers are becoming so popular.
     
  12. BoulderAdonis macrumors regular

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    But, you might be able to stream it without it counting against your data cap (for instance). Like with DirecTV NOW.
     
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    AT&T will raise content prices slowly and under the radar.... Also little throttle here... a little there for internet speeds....
     
  14. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    That's not restricting it though, which was the point raised.
     
  15. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Just not seeing this as a good thing for consumers in the long run.
     
  16. Zenithal, Jun 14, 2018
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    Are you talking about Usenets?
     
  17. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000

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    Guess who doesn't understand net neutrality?
     
  18. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816

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    If at the end of the day all the bad projections come true, we can survive. Just turn it all off. We spend so much of our resources on wants not needs, amazing. Turning off cable one of the best choices I have made. Not now supporting a whole bunch of garbage including over priced sports. How we manage, turn it off, simple.
     
  19. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    No. They would lose money that way. Money is made from content by licensing it various markets. Plus there are already agreements for rights to rebroadcast content that AT&T can’t break.
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    Oh please.... people who pirate are going to do so no matter what.
     
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    It's amazing how people come out of the woodwork to actually defend the corporation that's about to screw them. That is the real kool-aid. ATT doesn't give a **** about any of you.
     
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    Yep (via VPN and SSL connection)
     
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    My thoughts exactly... welcome to Corporation WWW.
     
  23. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    I like how back in the day they were free and now they cost money. How things have changed in 30 years. At least IRC is alive and free.
     
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    Thank you!
     

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