AT&T has accomplished its acquisition of Time Warner, simply two days after a federal choose dominated the merger might clear regardless of the objections of the Justice Division and simply hours after the Justice Division stated it could enable the deal to shut.
The $85 billion deal places the various massive media properties owned by Time Warner — together with HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN — below the possession of one among America’s largest web, TV, and cellphone service suppliers. It creates an entire mess of potential conflicts of curiosity relating to content material favoritism, with opponents of the deal drawing concern round AT&T’s skill to advertise its personal exhibits and flicks over these of different firms.
AT&T initially signed a deal to purchase Time Warner in October 2016, however its closure was delayed after the Justice Division sued to cease the acquisition, saying it could result in larger costs for shoppers. This week, a choose determined in AT&T’s favor, permitting the deal to shut with none circumstances. The Justice Division should still enchantment the ruling, however it declined to hunt a authorized keep that might have blocked the merger from going into impact.
In the event you just like the sound of this monumental media and distribution conglomerate, keep tuned, as a result of there’s possible much more coming your manner. Yesterday, within the wake of the ruling in AT&T’s favor, Comcast (which already owns NBCUniversal) made a bid for 21st Century Fox’s TV and movie belongings.