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Starz Weighs In On AT&T - Time Warner Merger

Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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From Variety:

One of the nation’s biggest premium cable programmers suggested in a report Wednesday that a merger of AT&T and Time Warner could create a colossus that would market its own TV offerings first before sending customers to rival networks.

Starz, the pay-cable service that is part of Lionsgate Entertainment, released a report suggesting AT&T might push customers to HBO over competitors like Starz. Starz offers multiple premium-cable services including StarzEncore and Starz Kids & Family, as well as series like “Power” and “American Gods,” and competes directly with Time Warner’s HBO and CBS Corp.’s Showtime. The Starz concern was reported previously by Reuters.

AT&T dismissed the claims. “This conclusion doesn’t square with the facts,” the telecommunications company said in a statement. “We fully expect the Department of Justice to base its analysis on the facts and the law, as it always does, and not the work of HBO’s competitors.” A spokesperson for Starz could not be reached for immediate comment.

- Read the full article at Variety.com

 


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