Reports are that Senior executives at AT&T and Time Warner have met in recently to discuss various a possible merger, according to people familiar with the matter.
“There’s a lot that’s attractive about Time Warner,” media industry veteran Peter Chernin, who runs an online video joint venture with AT&T, said in an interview Thursday on CNBC. “I think they’re both great companies.” He said he didn’t know anything about a deal.
“With the pending launch of the DirecTV Now OTT app, it might make sense to move onto content ownership, but Time-Warner is an awfully big first step into the content world,” said John Butler, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, in an e-mail.
The Wall Street Journal had reported earlier on Friday that the AT&T and Time Warner were engaged in advanced talks and a cash-and-stock deal could come as soon as this weekend. Others have said the deal could be done as soon as sometime next week.
Time Warner is not TWC as they sold off their cable operation several years ago. TWC is now owned by Charter.
Time Warner does own HBO, Warner Bros, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc that gives them access to channels like TBS, CNN, and TNT including.
Time Warner also owns part of Hulu and NBA TV.
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