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AT&T CEO: Time Warner deal ‘moving along as expected’

Time Warner’s proposed merger with AT&T is “moving along as expected”. The chairman and CEO of US telecoms giant AT&T, Randall Stephenson, told analysts on an investor call his firm was “working closely” with the US Department of Justice to ensure the deal went ahead, and that progress had been made. AT&T announced it had […]

Verizon ‘planning its own streaming service’

US telco Verizon is the process of securing rights to launch its own OTT TV streaming service, according to press reports. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, the US service provider plans to launch a service with live TV channels this summer that will be separate from its existing Go90 on-demand service and its FiOS […]

Starz strikes deal with DirecTV streaming service

Starz has inked a deal with AT&T’s DirecTV that will see its channels launch on the pay TV platform’s streaming service. Lionsgate-owned Starz has been aggressively expanding its TV Everywhere and streaming footprint in the US and the new agreement will see the Starz and Starz Encore services launch on DirecTV Now. The channels will […]

ABI Research: linear OTT services to be worth US$7bn by 2021

Live linear OTT video services will account for US$7 billion of worldwide revenue by 2021, up from just over US$1 billion last year, according to ABI Research. The firm claims that service providers are starting to favour new products that use over the top (OTT) technologies to compete with Amazon and Netflix – decreasing marketing […]

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 […]