Policy Experts Slam ISP Privacy Vows After Congressional Vote
Policy experts and advocates skewered Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T's latest statements on the repeal of Obama-era internet privacy rules. "These guys are shameless," said Jeff Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.
Senate Republicans Vote To Gut Internet Privacy
Passed by the Federal Communications Commission under president Obama, the privacy rules require internet providers like Comcast and AT&T to first get your permission before they can sell your private information like browsing history and location data.
5 Charts That Show Why The Pay-TV Industry Should Be Very Nervous
A new report shows that twentysomethings are perfectly willing to subscribe to a streaming video service that gives them what they want, when they want, across devices ad-free. And increasingly they are getting that from alternatives other than cable.
Comcast hit back at critics of its impending $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable in a strongly worded filing with federal regulators. The company, which ranks as the nation's largest cable provider, accused Netflix, Discovery Communications, and others of attempting to extort it in return for sweetheart deals and abstaining from opposing the merger.
HBO Could Earn More Than $100 Million From Subscribers Who Currently Pay It Nothing
As many as 10% of HBO's 30 million subscribers are "non-revenue generating." A new report from Barclays Capital says converting half of those subscribers to paying ones would generate between $72 million and $144 million in cash.
AT&T To Roll Out High-Speed Broadband Service On Apple's Home Turf, May Expand It To Google's
Cupertino will be the first California market in which AT&T will deploy its fiber network. The telecommunications giant, whose $67 billion deal to acquire DirecTV is under regulatory review, may also expand the rollout to San Francisco, Oakland, and parts of San Jose, including Mountain View.
Seth Meyers Is Unhappy With His Cable Company, Which Will Soon Be Part Of His Parent Company
Of being a Time Warner Cable subscriber, Seth Meyers said, "It's not great, I don't love it." His comments came during an interview with BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti as part of BuzzFeed Brews with CBS This Morning.
AT&T Hopes History Doesn't Repeat Itself
Sixteen years ago, in 1998, AT&T's then-Chief Executive C. Michael Armstrong spent close to $100 billion buying up cable companies to pursue an ambitious plan to bundle video, internet, and phone service. It did not go well. And now, with its DirecTV deal, AT&T is basically trying to do it again.
Dialing For Dollars
Multiple news outlets reported Monday that AT&T is closing in on a deal to acquire DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite TV operator, for $50 billion. The potential deal comes after years of on-again, off-again negotiations between the two companies and follows the impending $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Univision CEO Says Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Is Bad For Hispanic Consumers
Randy Falco, who previously served as one of the highest-ranking executives at NBC, said on Univision's first-quarter earnings call Monday that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is bad for competition, particularly for Hispanic consumers. NBC owns Univision's top competitor, Telemundo.
After being usurped by Comcast to acquire all of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications managed to save face by inking a deal to buy and swap some cable systems with Comcast in a complex, three-step, roughly $20 billion deal. As a result, Charter, whose biggest shareholder is cable industry pioneer John Malone, will become the second-largest cable distributor in the country, trailing only the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable.