Judge rules in favor of AT&T/Time Warner merger

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    AT&T prevails as Time Warner takeover gets OK from judge
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    AT&T and Time Warner deserve each other.

    I loved Direct TV until AT&T bought them. Now I hate Direct TV.
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    AT&T sucked before, they probably will suck more now. Restricting competition is always good for competitive markets :D. Time Warner employees will be cleaning out their desks.
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    Thank God. I don’t pay nearly enough for cable and wireless.

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    I've had Direct tv for a long time, as it was the only way for me to get Gator football and basketball games years ago. I've never had any major complaints with them.
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    Our problem with DirecTv was bait and switch pricing, (lack of) customer service, and constant billing discrepancies. So we cut the cord, and my TV bill is less than $20/ month including premium channels. Fortunately for Gator games, there are 3 pubs I can literally walk to, and a $15 tab a couple times a year is better than $180/month when the sold you on $69.99 with a 2 year indenture.
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    I have had DirecTV since 2000 and love it-can watch it on my ipad- can project from my ipad to the 80” TV in my model
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    I loved the product, but hated the company.
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    T stock is paying almost a 6% dividend yield at current pricing. Curious to see what happens with the merger...
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    Lol at that judge telling the government that they should NOT try and appeal this decision. What an imperious a-hole.
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    To be fair, you really need to include the cost of internet access in the 'cut the cord' cost.
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    M&A gates open with judge's blessing on AT&T-Time Warner merger

    M&A gates open with judge's blessing on AT&T-Time Warner merger

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday gave a ringing endorsement to AT&T Inc’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc without any conditions, opening the door for companies such as Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc to pursue deals to buy creators of media content.

    The ruling by Judge Richard Leon bit.ly/2Jxx6qE of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia brings an end to a six-week antitrust trial in which U.S. regulators argued that the $85 billion deal would give AT&T undue leverage against rival cable providers that relied on Time Warner's content.

    The judge’s strong approval, and scathing opinion that urged the government not to seek a stay if they opposed the ruling, will give telecommunications providers the confidence that similar types of acquisitions will also have a shot at clearing regulatory hurdles, and could spur other copycat mergers this year, industry analysts and deal makers said...



    I posted a while ago when it was proposed that if/when this gets approved we can now officially call us an oligarchy. I thought it was going to take time for people to lose interest before it went through and on top of it came with the Net Neutrality ban. Right in the middle of the US-N. Korea news. It seems to have been played quite capably.

    So, what do you think we are going to see going forward? I think our choices - media content, food, energy, money flow - will suddenly have only a few players and will only play by the "proper" rules. Not a good day for the US. But it did seem to be inevitable.
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    I suppose, but I was just talking about TV. I would have internet anyway.
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    You were paying $180 per month for TV only?
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    Yes. When Mrs. GK called to raise holy you-know-what with the lack of customer service dept. they adjusted the bill and threw in NFL Sunday ticket as a peace offering. Of course, after football season it went right back to same old same old.
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    I want some of that. How do you do it?
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    This won't have any effect on cable/internet rates. They are just purchasing the media company Time Warner, not Time Warner Cable which is a separate company that was spun off years ago. So they're just buying media assets like HBO, CNN and Warner Brothers studio, just like when Comcast bought NBC Universal a few years ago.
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    I'm currently using a ROKU which attaches to your router. It is a one time purchase that includes a LOT of free programming, including live news, movies, older TV shows, you name it. I do subscribe to Amazon Prime, but I use it anyway for buying and shipping, and it comes with a lot of programming included. Prime averages less than $10/month which is recaptured in free shipping for items you buy. I have ink coming today. Then I rotate between Sling, Netflix and Hulu, depending on who is cheaper. For local channels I have a digital antennae which cost about $20 one time. Throw in Youtube on the PC and most bases are covered. The only hitch is football season. I might just spring for a football season package, but if someone has a better idea I'm all ears.
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    You've already lost me. I'll stick to AT&T U-Verse. I've got have football, plus it includes Internet and a good deal on my ancient landline phone. And I've got to have Turner Classics, because they don't make movies like they used to.