AT&T has reached a new multiyear carriage deal with Fox Networks Group. The new pact will continue distribution of Fox programming across AT&T’s video platforms DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-verse. The renewal includes Fox-owned TV stations in 17 cities and the 22 Fox-owned regional sports networks.
Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen, long known for his free-spoken, sharp-elbowed management style, described the company’s carriage dispute with HBO as the result of “purely an anti-competitive play” by the premium network’s new parent, AT&T.
The three-judge panel that will hear arguments Dec. 6 in the federal appeal of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner has been selected. Judges Judith W. Rogers, Robert L. Wilkins and David B. Sentelle will be on the bench in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to weigh in on the Department of Justice effort to undo the $85 billion deal.
AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of “collaborating” with Dish Network in a high profile dispute over carrying HBO and Cinemax.
Over the past week, Walmart announced plans to partner with MGM Studios on original shows for Walmart’s video-on-demand service, Vudu, while AT&T’s WarnerMedia said it would create its own streaming service centered on HBO and Turner properties. Disney, meanwhile, is buying Fox’s entertainment businesses to beef up its planned streaming service , set to debut next year.
The new business unit has made its first sales rep deals with two cable operators — Altice USA and Frontier Communications — to aggregate and sell their national addressable TV advertising inventory.
AT&T on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to reject the Justice Department’s challenge to its acquisition of Time Warner, saying the government had offered no basis for second guessing key conclusions of a ruling upholding the transaction.
AT&T Inc.’s boss Randall Stephenson said the company may shift resources to HBO from other parts of its newly acquired Time Warner business to step up programming investments and use data on its customers’ tastes and habits to inform its content bets, part of a plan to compete with streaming giant Netflix.
AT&T is developing a new streaming video service that will use the Warner Bros. catalog of TV shows and movies. “There is an amazing library of media and entertainment content that is really not being put to work, that’s available for direct-to-consumer distribution,” AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson said Wednesday.
AT&T owns a significant SVOD product in HBO Now, with its $15-per-month price point and more than 5 million subscribers. But the company may be looking at bundling it with other direct-to-consumer products.
AT&T recently completed its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, a deal designed to help traditional media companies compete better with nimble tech services such as Netflix. Soon after the deal closed, AT&T launched WatchTV, a $15-a-month streaming service that offers more than 30 TV channels, including Time Warner channels TNT and TBS. David Christopher, who runs AT&T’s wireless and entertainment businesses, talks about how people are consuming media and what role wireless companies play.
The company, which was owned by the Chernin Group and includes video and streaming offerings, was sold in a deal that values Otter at more than $1 billion.
The telecom giant, which just acquired Time Warner, is seeking to drastically change the premium cable channel in order to compete with the likes of Netflix.
Over the last few months, disputes between programmers and distributors have moved to a new level of conflict with allegations that institutionalized racism at large media companies is driving discriminatory business decisions. The latest involves Univision accusing AT&T of refusing to pay the company’s Spanish-language stations retransmission fees on a par with its English-language network counterparts in a new contract with U-Verse.