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Time Warner acquired by AT&T

Joined: November 27th, 2011, 11:46 pm

June 13th, 2018, 3:00 pm #1

Time Warner acquired by AT&T. With some potential to affect Time Warner's massive library of content present and past, and how it is or isn't delivered, I thought this was worth mentioning.
I'm never thrilled when an entity like AT&T acquires content.

In my area there are two choices for pay-TV and internet. A Warner owned company and a AT&T. Now there there will be one. That's usually never good for pricing of content or choice.

It will be interesting to see if this also has any effect on Warner's massive library, and their Home Video branch. Frankly I don't see an upside to this for the consumer.
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Jobla
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June 13th, 2018, 7:33 pm #2

I echo all of your reservations, Pulpie.
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June 13th, 2018, 8:32 pm #3

It's scary, kinda. AT&T has been known for pulling monopolies throughout their history, and when you toss in the repeal of net-neutrality, you have what amounts to some tenuous protections of consumer interests.

As far as films go, who knows? Warner has slooowly but surely preserved and offered their catalog, I hope it continues.
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will
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June 14th, 2018, 12:54 am #4

More is coming. Comcast wants to buy Fox.
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June 14th, 2018, 5:26 am #5

Heard that too.

There are so many implications to all from the small; What's to become of our beloved movies? To the more serious; Will such mergers spike prices, limit content, and even influence journalism in a negative way.

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June 14th, 2018, 11:22 am #6



First scene came to mind.
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Wolfman Joe
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June 14th, 2018, 8:22 pm #7

This is one of the reasons I like to have my favorite movies on physical media, sitting on my shelf - whatever evil comes of these mergers, I'll be able to access those films any time - at least, as long as the copies don't rot and the player holds out...
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June 14th, 2018, 8:56 pm #8

I may kink the release of future studio-owned catalog, it may do the opposite. Though this deal was made with specific intent, and that intent had nothing to do with home video media. That may not even be on the radar of a company like AT&T.

In perspective, worrying if I'll ever get CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN remastered on Blu-ray seems small in the face of other issues related to these mergers. It could just be the creamy surprise in the center of a crap doughnut.
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June 14th, 2018, 11:14 pm #9

Then again Time Warner is itself the result of a major merger almost 30 years ago. To quote my optometrist, "Better or worse? Better or worse?"
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June 15th, 2018, 1:36 am #10

I'd say bad to worse might be a good fit.
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June 15th, 2018, 2:07 am #11



"You see, little girl? First AT&T, then CNN, then Comcast, then the Disney channel, and finally.... SVENGOOLIE!"
"He-He-He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face!" - (former Egyptologist Ralph Norton)
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will
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June 15th, 2018, 4:15 am #12

Hitler probably will be complaining about this on YouTube.
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June 15th, 2018, 12:10 pm #13

He wouldn't if he was wearing bunny ears....
Isn't this a strange conversation for men who...aren't...crazy?
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will
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June 15th, 2018, 1:32 pm #14

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will
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June 16th, 2018, 1:26 am #15

First nightmarish announcement after merger (NOT).

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.c ... omers.html
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June 16th, 2018, 3:19 pm #16

Ye gods.

The onward march of The Gilded Age 2.0 continues...
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June 16th, 2018, 5:11 pm #17

Mega-ownerships change and morph and change again (how many corporations have owned NBC and Universal over the years?), but content, if it is worthy, always seems to survive.

If anything, we end up paying more for it. But it survives.
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June 17th, 2018, 2:14 am #18

taraco wrote: Mega-ownerships change and morph and change again (how many corporations have owned NBC and Universal over the years?), but content, if it is worthy, always seems to survive.

If anything, we end up paying more for it. But it survives.
Didnt MCA own Universal the longest of any corporation?
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June 17th, 2018, 5:39 am #19

Hallmark's prior ownership of Hal Roach assets; Our Gang Comedies and Laurel & Hardy's best films has been a disaster in my view. Never caring to release the films in appreciable editions or be proper stewards of their nitrate materials, effectively denied a generation any broad exposure to their work. 

UCLA came to the rescue, and is doing proper restorations now, but by the time they're complete, who knows what venues will be there for them.
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June 17th, 2018, 6:00 am #20

pinkfloyd95209 wrote:
taraco wrote: Mega-ownerships change and morph and change again (how many corporations have owned NBC and Universal over the years?), but content, if it is worthy, always seems to survive.

If anything, we end up paying more for it. But it survives.
Didnt MCA own Universal the longest of any corporation?
I can't say for sure, but a Bob Wilkins avatar demands a "like" any day of the week.
"He-He-He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face!" - (former Egyptologist Ralph Norton)
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