Another day, another conglomerate mega-merger: most recently this bucket as been filled by AT&T's acquisition offer to Time Warner for $85.4. They expect the deal to close by the end of 2017 -- if they can get through the gauntlet of the FTC and the obvious anti-trust concerns this marriage invokes.
Like Comcast's gobble of NBC Universal, and Verizon's devouring of both AOL and Yahoo, it's yet another sign of media consolidation underneath the banner of a gigantic telecom corporation. Into AT&T's new portfolio from the third largest media conglomerate (after Comcast and Disney) would theoretically go:
Warner Bros. film and TV
Bleacher Report & Turner Sports
10% of Hulu
New Line Cinema
...but not Time Inc., the magazine brand, which was spun off as a separate entity in 2014. Here's a sweet infographic that shows the Terminator-esque reconstitution of AT&T Corp in ...
by doctor paradox · June 10, 2009
Current iPhone 3G users are up in arms about not getting the same discounted iPhone 3G S price as new customers would. Their argument is that AT&T should be “rewarding them" for being loyal customers. Man, I sure wish the world worked that way. I’ve been a “loyal customer" of Time Warner High-Speed Internet for over 6 years and my monthly plan keeps going up, not down, even as infrastructure upgrade costs fall. I’ve been a loyal customer of Apple for years too, and don’t get any special discount on my next MacBook Pro simply because I’ve bought one before. And phones don’t work that way either.
I wonder if the current spate of anger relates to two things: 1) a conflation of the general hatred being levied towards AT&T right now over their completely craptastic reception and service, and 2) a new market of iPhone 3G owners who have never previously purchased a smartphone, and thus don’t have much direct experience with how cell phone subsid...