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AT&T chief ‘very confident’ of Time-Warner deal approval

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson is “very confident” that the company’s planned merger with Time-Warner will receive a green light, he told CNBC in an interview recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. “This is vertical merger. The competitive environment in telecoms does not change after this deal closes. The competitive […]

AT&T launches mobile-skewed OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

FCC warns AT&T on ‘zero-rating’ DirecTV Now

The US communications regulator, the FCC, has warned AT&T that it is concerned about its plans for the DirecTV Now streaming service. DirecTV, which is owned by US telco AT&T, is rolling out its streaming product later this month with about 100 channels for US$35 (€32), and AT&T will reportedly scrap data charges for its […]

AT&T and DirecTV facing legal threat over information sharing

The US Department of Justice is taking legal action against DirecTV and its new owner AT&T “for acting as the ringleader of a series of unlawful information exchanges between DirecTV and three of its competitors”. The action relates to negotiations with SportsNet LA, holder of exclusive broadcasting rights to the games of baseball team the […]

Bewkes: AT&T will ‘accelerate’ HBO Now growth

The international distribution of the HBO Now SVOD service will be “accelerated” by the sale of Time Warner to telecoms giant AT&T, according to Jeff Bewkes. Speaking on an investor call yesterday, Time Warner CEO Bewkes (pictured) said plans to spread HBO Now – originally a US service – into new territories were progressing, and […]

Ovum: AT&T-Time Warner deal poses ‘new threat’ to rivals

The creation of a merged AT&T and Time Warner will have rivals such as Netflix, Disney and Viacom “looking at their strategies with new eyes this morning”, according to a leading media analyst. Ed Barton of UK-based research house Ovum told DTVE‘s sister title TBI the implications were “fundamental” for “all distributors without a stake in […]

AT&T strikes multi-platform deal with HBO

AT&T has reached a multi-year deal with HBO to offer the latter’s content across all its platforms, including its forthcoming DirecTV Now streaming service. The agreement marks a renewal of HBO’s existing contract with AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse services and will make all HBO and Cinemax content available on DirecTV Now, which is due to […]

Telcos drive US pay TV numbers down as cable recovers ground

IPTV providers’ losses – particularly those of AT&T – meant that the top 11 US pay TV operator lost 665,000 net subscribers in the second quarter, compared with a loss of 545,000 for the same period last year, according to figures compiled by Leichtman Research. The top telecom providers lost about 500,000 video subscribers in […]

US service providers submit app plan to head off set-top proposal

US pay TV and cable operators have grouped together to propose an alternative app-based option in an attempt to head of the FCC’s plan to open up the set-top box market to competition. The operators, including Comcast, AT&T and representatives of cable association the NCTA have proposed an approach that would involve all large service […]

AT&T acquires Quickplay

US telecom giant AT&T has acquired OTT and TV Everywhere video technology specialist Quickplay Media from Madison Dearborn Partners. AT&T has previously tapped Quickplay to provide the platform for its U-verse TV Everywhere offering and the company’s technology is being used to support new streaming services from AT&T-owned DirecTV – DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile and […]