Consumer advocates say a larger AT&T has every incentive to make Time Warner (HBO, CNN) content licensing more hard for streaming video providers, while also using zero rating to give its own content an unfair advantage. "When one giant company owns both the content and the means of distribution, there is a clear disincentive to provide additional choices to consumers". HBO and HBO Latin America have a combined seven licenses, and Turner Broadcasting System has 14 licenses.
AT&T would love to avoid an FCC review, which in the past has killed deals such as AT&T/T-Mobile and Comcast/Time Warner Cable.
Still, as the report points out, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson seems fairly certain that avoiding an FCC review of the deal isn't realistic.
"Approving this deal could lead to a wave of other mergers in the media industry", Sanders argued in a Wednesday letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse.
By buying Time Warner, which also owns broadcasters HBO and Cartoon Network, they will be able to control popular TV shows including Game of Thrones and The Powerpuff Girls.
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"I think it raises questions and concerns, and they should be looked into", she told reporters on her campaign plane, according to Reuters.
A bipartisan group of senators on the Judiciary Committee called on former Time WarnerCable CEO Robert Marcus to attend a December 7 hearing on the merger, which has raised anti-trust concerns and elicited a fair amount of criticism.
The merger is expected to go before the Department of Justice, where it will be scrutinized by officials in the antitrust division. Only a couple days after the announcement of the merger, AT&T has unveiled plans to launch DirecTV Now (don't forget, they own them, too), a $35 per month streaming package with over 100 channels, next month. AT&T knows the process well, having used it to gain approval of last year's acquisition of DirecTV.
First the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, which share the work of ensuring that mergers are legal, must decide if there is a problem and then whether there is a solution.
But instead of summoning Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, to testify at its hearings, the committee accidentally invited Rob Marcus, the former CEO of Time WarnerCable, the pay-TV and broadband-internet company taken over earlier this year by cable company Charter Communications.
Numerous government's restrictions were created to prevent Comcast, a giant cable company and internet-service provider, from favoring its own video offerings over those from online TV rivals like Netflix or, on the other hand, keeping its programming from other cable or satellite TV companies. AT&T could favor Time Warner video on its mobile network by letting it stream without counting against the data caps applied to video services like Netflix.
Bush, he said, "in effect, I'm being asked to waive centuries of legal precedent created to protect voters". Bernie Sander visited UNM to encourage support for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
This year marks a whole century of the daylights savings system, which was first introduced in the First World War. It also has mental health benefits, lighter evenings could help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Tesla said that is glass tiled solar roof panels are more durable than the other conventional solar roof panels available. The solar roofs , at a first glance was unnoticeable until Musk had taken to the stage and pointed them out.
Militia commanders have said that their forces will not enter Mosul but will instead focus on surrounding towns like Tel Afar. The militias have been accused of systematic abuses against Sunnis, whom the militias view as sympathizers of Islamic State.
In short, Doctor Strange has more important things to worry about than the innocence of Bucky Barnes and the Sokovia Accords. The other night, I watched a movie about a selfish, devil-may-care genius who suddenly ends up injured and helpless.
Tesla will have to beat the pace of those third-quarter deliveries if it wants to make its guidance for the full year. Immediately following the announcement, the company's shares rose almost 5 percent to $212.in after-hours trading.
Tal Afar had a sizable minority of Shiites before Islamic State militants captured the town in 2014 and they were forced to flee. But advances have been slower in the south, with government forces still 20 miles (35 kilometers) from the city.
With Jamaal Charles still working his way back from his torn ACL in 2015, Kansas City's depth at running back is being tested. While Luck went down twice, as he has in every game this season, the franchise quarterback took only seven hits.
Supporters of presidential write-in candidate plan event
Ironically, McMullin has more political experience than Trump, who's never worked in government and never run in any election. He is polling in the high 20's or low 30's, approximately even with Trump and with Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Brees leads Saints past Seahawks in New Orleans
Kicker Wil Litz added his fourth goal of the game, a 41-yarder with 1:57 to play, to provide the final margin. The New Orleans Saints rallied to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 25-20 Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Icelandic voters to choose between Pirates and establishment
The centre Regeneration Party, which could be the kingmakers in the election, garnered seven seats in the Icelandic parliament. REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) - There was no Pirate takeover, but the upstart party managed to make waves in Iceland.
Trump, Clinton in the Home Stretch
Clinton maintains a staff of more than 800, and has spent more on advertising than Trump has every single week of the race. And Trump himself has contributed just over half the $100 million he pledged to help bankroll his own campaign.
Trump hits 'corrupt' Hillary Clinton; Mrs. Obama hugs her
Taking the podium, Obama hailed Clinton "for her leadership, for her courage and for what she is going to do for this country". Michelle Obama's approval ratings actually increased by 6 percentage points after her Democratic National Convention speech.
Notre Dame game won't be Catholics vs. Convicts
After two weeks of picking against the Irish, I have a feeling they're due - just as Stanford was two weeks ago in South Bend . It was Murphy's Law in South Bend for the Hurricanes. "You have to come out with a little more control", McGlinchey said.
Greens wants new Ross Sea zone policed
The 25-member commission which reached the proposal includes the United States, China, Russia and the European Union. Scientists believe that the marine park can be a platform for a deeper understanding of climate change impacts.
Ex-Bill Clinton aide memo roils wife's campaign over ethics
Band is co-founder of global PR consulting firm Teneo and worked as Bill Clinton's personal assistant during his presidency. The memo shows examples of companies paying Bill Clinton directly when they were also donors to the Foundation .