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Report: The Justice Department Plans to Sue AT&T to Block Time Warner Purchase


For some time now we have heard the Justice Department was concerned about AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner. It was first reported by the New York Times that the Depart of Justice has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting Group the group of cable networks including CNN as a potential requirement for approving the companies’ pending $85.4 billion deal. Or sell off DIRECTV and keep the cable networks.

That report was later disputed but never completely disproven. Now Reuters has reported that the Justice Department plans to sue AT&T to prevent it from buying Time Warner.

According to the Justice Department, the sale could be a “major antitrust matter.” For now, no official lawsuit has been announced by the Justice Department but now both Reuters and Bloomberg have said the Justice Department will sue to preview AT&T from buying Time Warner.

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  • Cooper McChester

    If they actuall wanted to protect Americans, they would protect Net Neutrality. This is small potatoes.,

  • Michael Smith

    Hmmm. Wonder how this is going to affect Disney’s attempt to purchase Fox Corp? This may put Sony in a better position to purchase Fox Corp now.

    • Me

      Disney drop out of that last week. It’s between Verizon and Comcast.

      • Brandon

        Oh god please not Comcast. They own too much already.

  • Malignar

    The Lannisters will not be bought!!

  • Me

    If Comcast can own MSNBC then at&t can own CNN. The DOJ doesn’t have a leg to stand on since they approved the Comcast’s purchase of NBC.

    • Mike Thaler

      2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  • swkerr

    Cat is already out of the bag. This is not good for consumers but it is no different than several other combinations that were already allowed. This really only becomes an issue if the current net neutrality rules get dropped as planned by the Trump administration. Without those protections this allows for concentration of content and delivery while giving the fox the keys to the hen house.

  • Nathan John Ganiere

    this goes against AT&T there goes all your benefits as a DTVN user, prices most likely rise or will lead to demise of product, AT&T would win though, continue playing ball…….

    • Daniel

      AT&T deserves to suffer for how they’ve treated customers with the most unreliable service of ALL TIME.

      • Marc H

        But who really suffers?

        • Daniel

          AT&T when all there customers learn about the other options like Philo, Sling, and Vue and leave for something better, the ONLY reason DTVNow is so popular is because the name was so close to satellite, the other services are more oddly named but now that people are seeing streaming TV is an option they will search out other options and learn about them

          • Karl Childers

            “Better” is a rather subjective term when it comes to these services since the needs of the consumer vary greatly. Something may be better for you but it may not be better for someone else.

          • Daniel

            ALL of DTV Now’s channels can be found elsewhere, it may require combining 2 services like Philo and (insert random live tv service here, that has your other required channels) and you may pay a few bucks more but it will still be far CHEAPER then cable and at most a few bucks more for the combo service, but atleast you know it’s gonna work when you go to use it, not like DTV Now where you can only barely even trust the livestream,

  • Barbara R

    I don’t believe the DOJ will win this fight. Precedent is against them going back as far as the Nixon administration. aTT will fight this in court and prevail.