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Old 10-21-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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Reuters: AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner (HBO, CNN, DC Comics) for $85 billion

This has to deal with TV and DC, so I guess I'll post it here:

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AT&T Inc (T.N) has reached an agreement in principle to buy Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) for about $85 billion, sources said on Friday, paving the way for a blockbuster deal that would give the telecom company control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets.

The deal, which has been agreed on most terms and could be announced as early as Sunday, would be one of the largest in recent years in the sector as telecommunications companies look to combine content and distribution to capture customers replacing traditional pay-TV packages with more streamlined offerings and online delivery.

AT&T will pay $110 per Time Warner share, or about $85 billion overall, sources told Reuters. That would make it the biggest deal in the world this year.


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Old 10-21-2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:43 PM   #3
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I hope the CEO of AT&T is a Marvel fan.
Maybe he can spare us of all these sure-to-be-bad DC movies.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:55 PM   #4
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Isn't this big news?

I remember people going crazy when Disney first announced they were buying Marvel and then Star Wars a couple years ago.
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:37 PM   #5
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Meh, no one cares about WB or DC.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:24 PM   #6
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Of course this is big news, it's a huge acquisition and bigger than Disney buying Marvel or Lucasfilm.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:44 PM   #7
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Then why is nobody flipping out? I remember online fandoms when ballistic when they heard Disney was buying Marvel for the first time. Disney also buying Star Wars was quite a surprise too.

Why isn't everyone up in arms coming up with conspiracy theories and shouting from rooftops? Where are the bizarre overreactions and angry rants from fanboys? Where is the madness?

Either that or I'm not looking in the right places.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:52 PM   #8
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Then why is nobody flipping out? I remember online fandoms when ballistic when they heard Disney was buying Marvel for the first time. Disney also buying Star Wars was quite a surprise too.

Why isn't everyone up in arms coming up with conspiracy theories and shouting from rooftops? Where are the bizarre overreactions and angry rants from fanboys? Where is the madness?

Either that or I'm not looking in the right places.
Nobody flipped out when Comcast bought NBC Universal, I don't think anything is going to happen with the acquisition.
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Old 10-21-2016, 11:19 PM   #9
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Then why is nobody flipping out?

Because as much as nerds like to be armchair CEOs in discussions about they're favorite companies they don't actually care for these things. Disney buying Lucasfilm meant new movies and Marvel meant they were financially set for life etc. This deal means not much is going to change with DC and just like Comcast buying NBC Universal only certain people will be interested not online nerds.
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Old 10-22-2016, 05:59 AM   #10
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Meh, no one cares about WB or DC.
People have been raving about DC beating Marvel in the comics charts for months, so wrong
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Old 10-22-2016, 07:50 AM   #11
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Then why is nobody flipping out? I remember online fandoms when ballistic when they heard Disney was buying Marvel for the first time. Disney also buying Star Wars was quite a surprise too.

Why isn't everyone up in arms coming up with conspiracy theories and shouting from rooftops? Where are the bizarre overreactions and angry rants from fanboys? Where is the madness?

Either that or I'm not looking in the right places.
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Old 10-22-2016, 08:42 AM   #12
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I love the irony that AT&T owns Time Warner, but Time Warner Cable is owned by their direct competitor Charter Communications.

I think Disney's purchases were more interesting from a news point of view because Disney specifically went after the Marvel, Star Wars, etc. brands rather than simply buying companies that owned various brands, as is the case with AT&T. DC comics and Warner Bros. have been small pieces of many huge buyout deals, including the infamous Time-Warner/AOL deal in 2000 that more-or-less sunk Ted Turner's empire.
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Guess who wants to block this

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Old 10-23-2016, 02:35 PM   #14
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I love the irony that AT&T owns Time Warner, but Time Warner Cable is owned by their direct competitor Charter Communications.

I think Disney's purchases were more interesting from a news point of view because Disney specifically went after the Marvel, Star Wars, etc. brands rather than simply buying companies that owned various brands, as is the case with AT&T. DC comics and Warner Bros. have been small pieces of many huge buyout deals, including the infamous Time-Warner/AOL deal in 2000 that more-or-less sunk Ted Turner's empire.
Yeah this is probably more "interesting" from the telecommunications angle in this case.

The Disney buyouts were more major from a fan angle because now Star Wars and Marvel can legally co-mingle and stuff like that.
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:08 PM   #15
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Just imagine--officially licensed DC Comics emojis and ringtones.

I don't see how this would change the comics and their tie-in materials, though I could be very wrong.
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I'm genuinely curious... is there any upside to this merger?
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:51 AM   #18
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Isn't this big news?

I remember people going crazy when Disney first announced they were buying Marvel and then Star Wars a couple years ago.
You mean Lucasfilm LTD studios. they own US distributation rights to Ghibli and also Muppets rights from Jim Henson Studios and also Pixar
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Old 11-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #19
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Hopefully this deal is blocked. There is a upside and downside to big business, but as others have said there doesn't appear to be any upside to this deal.
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It's official. The federal judge approved the merger today.
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