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Before AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson set his sights on Time Warner Inc., he expressed interest in acquiring CBS Corp. and met with Shari Redstone, the executive whose family controls the media company, according to people familiar with the situation. [Read More]
A recent US court ruling green-lighting the merger between AT&T (NYSE:T) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) marked an historic event that some say could open the do... [Read More]
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The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: "Let there be deals," said Elizabeth Winkler at The Wall Street Journal. That's what corporate executives across the country heard last week when Judge Richard Leon gave the go-ahead for AT&T's blockbuster $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The judge systematically rejected the government's antitrust arguments against the union of the telecom giant and media behemoth, and "didn't impose so much as a single constraint on the merger." His decision "lifted a legal cloud that had been hanging over" other major media deals, and... [Read More]
AT&T is launching a new $15-a-month streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. The service will be free to subscribers of... [Read More]
Practically before the ink was dry on its merger with Time Warner, AT&T announced a new streaming service called WatchTV. At $15 a month, it's a lower-cost alternative to AT&T's other streaming service, DirecTV Now. WatchTV is a pared-down bundle of channels that you typically see on cable TV, including Time Warner's CNN and Cartoon Network. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. [Read More]
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The theme of this week's Vergecast is TV. On Wednesday, Instagram announced a standalone app called IGTV, which is a place for watching long-form vertical video. Casey and Ashley — who went to Instagram's announcement event — talk to Nilay, Dieter, and Paul about their initial feelings about the platform, and they predict how it will fit into the social media sphere. We also have a special interview: a Vergecast / Recode Decode crossover. Nilay talks to Kara Swisher about the recent AT&T and Time Warner merger. Kara published a book in 2003 about the AOL and... [Read More]
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AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more than 30 TV channels delivered over the internet, is an... [Read More]
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Fresh off a merger with Time Warner, AT&T expands in video with a low-cost streaming service bundled into new cell-phone plans. [Read More]

AT&T will launch two new unlimited wireless plans next week that will be bundled with a new video streaming service called WatchTV, in the company's first move to pair entertainment with phone service after closing its $85 billion acquisition of media company Time Warner.

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talked the telecommunications giant's transformation into a "modern media company," and laid out his plans for the future — including investing in content and capitalizing on technology to deliver entertainment in new ways. In a morning keynote at the Wells Fargo Securities 2918 Telecom 5G forum in New York, Stephenson offered an upbeat assessment of the company's prospects now that its $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Inc. has finally…... [Read More]
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Sprint's new CEO Michel Combes said the wireless carrier needs to get bigger to take on Dallas-based AT&T. And that's why, he said, its merger... [Read More]
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That didn't take long. AT&T is launching a streaming service that will feature the TV channels it owns after purchasing Time Warner. WatchTV will allow customers to stream more than 30 live channels... [Read More]
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Upon the Time Warner merger, AT&T will be one of the most indebted companies in the world by absolute debt load, but most of it is fixed rate. The 6.25% dividen... [Read More]
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Turner has hired former AT&T executive Peter Knag as EVP and Chief Financial Officer. He'll report to Pascal Desroches, who has been elevated to Chief Financial Officer, WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer. The CFO responsibilities had been under the purview of CEO John Martin, who exited shortly after the Time Warner-AT&T merger was announced. Martin had previously served as Time Warner CFO and had that background. Now Turner has appointed a dedicated…... [Read More]
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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson let fly details about the company's new streaming service, WatchTV, during testimony in the AT&T-Time Warner merger antitrust trial in April. Now the merger has gone through, and the service is coming soon — but only to customers on one of two forthcoming AT&T wireless plans. WatchTV will initially be available at no extra cost to customers on AT&T's "Unlimited &More" and "Unlimited &More Premium" plans, which are scheduled to launch next week. Read More WatchTV streaming service to launch next week alongside new AT&T wireless plans was written by the awesome... [Read More]
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AT&T is launching a streaming service that will feature the TV channels it owns after purchasing Time Warner. [Read More]
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AT&T ad chief Brian Lesser talked to Business Insider at Cannes about the telecom's plans following the closure of the Time Warner acquisition. Basically, AT&T wants to build a tech and targeting platform that gets used by all the key players in TV, including other cable providers and non Time Warner networks. 'People don't realize how big our addressable TV business is.' Even with TV ratings in decline and streaming surging, 'Content that is subsidized by brands is not going to go away." First things first. While AT&T is reportedly closing in on a $1.6 billion deal... [Read More]
Just days after getting approval for its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T is launching new streaming packages featuring some of the content it acquired in the deal. [Read More]
One week after officially closing its $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner, AT&T is rolling out its first innovation that draws from both sides of the just-merged company. Next week, AT&T is launching WatchTV, a skinny bundle offering featuring more than 30 live channels--including CNN, TBS and TNT from newly acquired Turner--and more than... [Read More]
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AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. [Read More]
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