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It's reasonable to think if you take this question out of the equation it could help lessen wage inequality, and it's worth a chance. We're trying to ensure fairness.
What the large players in the market like a Comcast, AT&T, and security providers like Vivint, what these companies can do is provide more marketing and provide more opportunities for consumers to use these products first hand. Get these products in front of them, because it's very difficult just watching advertisements on TV, as to what the true value is.
I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I've been going through this chronic pain that I've been dealing with. (After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.
The merger here is very different from NBC and Comcast in this respect: It involves wireless, it's a national platform and it involves more than one platform. It's several platforms, whereas Comcast and NBC really involved one platform and it was limited to certain parts of the country.
Consumer protection and antitrust enforcement never has been and never should be a partisan issue.
Cable delivered solid operating cash flow growth coupled with great customer metrics, and has now added 170,000 video subscribers over the past twelve months.
I'm pleased to report that our businesses generated double-digit revenue and operating cash flow growth for the third quarter of 2016. Cable delivered solid operating cash flow growth coupled with great customer metrics, and has now added 170,000 video subscribers over the past twelve months.
These sorts of behavioural conditions are very hard to write, very hard to enforce and don't necessarily always give you the precise outcome you were looking for.
We feel we have an even stronger case. Comcast was a dominant, entrenched cable and broadband provider, and NBC Universal had big broadcast licenses in an ecosystem where over the-top video was still in its infancy. Yet the government approved the deal with conditions. On all counts, we have a stronger case for approval.
It's important to assess how well the NBC consent decree has done. On the face of things, online video seems to be thriving. But has Comcast engaged in troubling behavior as a result of owning NBCUniversal? That's an important question for thinking about this deal.
...There used to be a Justice Department. It was independent, and it made rules.
...If I were AT&T I would say, Hey, the worse that happens is maybe we become like Comcast.
We'll be talking about this a year from now, but Comcast-NBC got through. We think AT&T can handle the debt load.
We believe the deal will receive intense regulatory scrutiny by the FCC. Many pundits believe that the Comcast-NBCUniversal deal that was approved in March 2013 would not have been approved if it were to occur today, given a regulatory environment that appears more hostile. Looking ahead the likely new president may be less 'business friendly' going forward.
We look forward to discussing the many benefits of this transaction with our regulators. In the modern history of the media and the Internet, the U.S. government has always approved vertical mergers like ours, because they benefit consumers, strengthen competition, and, in our case, encourage innovation and investment.
The Comcast purchase of NBC concentrates far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do. Deals like this destroy democracy, and we'll look at breaking that deal up and other deals like that. This should never ever have been approved in the first place. They're trying to poison the mind of the American voter.
I'm sceptical of huge media mergers because they can lead to higher costs, fewer choices, and even worse service for consumers. And regulators often agree, like when Comcast unsuccessfully tried to buy Time Warner Cable, a deal that I fiercely opposed.
I don't think they would have inked a deal this big if there wasn't a good possibility of it going through. The real question is, will it go through without any sort of remedy or commitment? I'd put that chance very low.
In our view, regulators will fear that AT&T will use its distribution footprint to favor Time Warner content vs. third parties.
By standard antitrust metrics, this deal should be O.K. in Washington. But the Democratic Party is moving left, and if Clinton wins, this could become an early test for her 'tougher on business' rhetoric.
It's a massive deal concentrating a huge amount of media power under one corporate umbrella. Consumers benefit when companies have to negotiate and fight with each other.
It's a smaller version of the Comcast/NBCU deal but it raises the same types of concerns.
If Comcast is to make this a compelling offer, especially given their lack of history in wireless, they're going to have to offer some steep discounts in their bundles.
If adopted, these consumer-first rules would pave the way for a competitive marketplace for new devices that enhance the TV-watching experience. Bottom line: consumers will no longer have to rent a set-top box just to watch the programming they already pay for.
Recently MOFCOM received complaints regarding Comcast's decision to buy out DreamWorks, claiming that the deal would hurt competition in the Chinese market. MOFCOM will investigate this complaint case based on anti-monopoly laws.
Being able to catch up is clearly important. Fans want to watch the shows when they want to watch them.
The marketplace has finally hit the tipping point.
Both Charter and Comcast have been gaining shares of TV viewership, even as TV viewership declines.
I'm very optimistic that we can continue this growth. We're having a wonderful run.
It's all fueled by this great content that we now have in the company. That's what gave us the confidence to want to buy DreamWorks.
That's the innovation we've been talking about and it's really paying dividends right now.
That tells you something about video's health.
That's a game changer, nobody else has that.
We want to create an easy, pay-as-you-go option for people who want more flexibility and predictability when buying our services. And our partnership with Boost Mobile will give Xfinity Prepaid customers even more places where they can conveniently sign-up and pay-as-they-go.
The ARM deal doesn't diminish the strategic value of a (Sprint-T-Mobile) deal in any way. However, it reduces the amount of cash that SoftBank could commit to the deal, making it marginally more challenging for them to fend off competing offers from Comcast and others.
Verizon thinks they can do something in digital the way Comcast has done in TV. Putting together Yahoo and AOL is probably bigger than the sum of its parts, and they want to be a media and advertising powerhouse.
We discovered something I found hard to believe: Time Warner Cable and another company, Charter, made no effort to trace overcharges. Instead of correcting their mistake by refunding the overcharges, their practice has been to just pocket the money. In my view, that is a ripoff.
The login experience hasn't been great. Do you know your Comcast password?
Theme Parks must now be viewed as a foundational element of the Comcast story, and no doubt is a big part of their interest in DreamWorks.
The government could still object and may be more concerned about one company controlling so much of the country's broadband infrastructure.