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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo T-Mobile chief executive John Legere speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse in New York. A federal judge has removed a major obstacle to T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint, as he rejected claims by a group of states that the deal would mean less competition and higher phone bills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Price worries remain after judge OKs T-Mobile's Sprint deal

Feb. 11, 2020 4:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has cleared a major path for T-Mobile to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion, citing T-Mobile's track record in promoting competition, even as legal scholars and consumer advocates warn about higher phone bills. Judge Victor Marrero in New York said he believed the new T-Mobile...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, protesters rally outside the armed forces headquarters to mark World Press Freedom Day which was declared by the UN General Assembly in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government’s chief lawyer is asking the Supreme Court to shut down the country’s largest TV network by revoking its operating franchises because of alleged constitutional violations, in a move critics call an attempt to muzzle the media. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File )

Philippine gov't asks court to shut down leading TV network

Feb. 10, 2020 5:56 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government’s chief lawyer asked the Supreme Court on Monday to shut down the country’s largest TV network by revoking its operating franchises because of alleged constitutional violations, in a move critics called an attempt to muzzle the media....

ABC News to bolster streaming service with live programming

Jan. 23, 2020 12:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News is moving aggressively to boost its streaming service with the belief that these products will change the news business over the next decade the way cable channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC did a generation ago. The network said Thursday that it will hire some 50 new journalists,...

A DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Venezuelan President Maduro’s opponents want AT&T’s DirecTV unit to restore a number of channels it was required to take down from its lineup. But forcing AT&T to do the political bidding of Maduro’s foes could lead to retaliation and likely exit from a market where it has a whopping 44% market share. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro's censors

Jan. 17, 2020 6:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, which is wholly owned by AT&T, quickly obliged, yanking the two networks off the air as live images...

The logo for NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service, Peacock, is displayed on a computer screen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. NBCUniversal is expected to unveil the price and other details about Peacock on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

NBC hopes 'free' makes Peacock stand out in streaming era

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is launching a new streaming service that will have a large part available for free, an approach it hopes will resonate with people who aren't interested in traditional TV. The service, Peacock, will debut April 15 for customers of Comcast, NBCUniversal's parent company....

In this image released by ABC, host Alex Trebec, left, appear with contestants, James Holzhauer, center, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, right, on the set of

'Jeopardy' tournament matching 3 stars a big hit for ABC

Jan. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Jeopardy!” tournament matching the game show's three most accomplished and well-known players has proven to be a big hit for ABC, which clearly hopes the competition goes on as long as possible. The three matches between Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter were...

A worker helps set up a booth before CES International, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

CES gadget show: How watching TV will change in the 2020s

Jan. 5, 2020 7:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — What will watching TV be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone. The show's keynote addresses, once dominated by computer and chip...

FILE - In this May 29, 2018 file photo,  Richard Plepler attends the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall in New York.  The former head of HBO has signed an exclusive production deal with Apple to make TV shows and movies for the iPhone maker's new streaming service, Apple TV Plus.  Plepler is well-known in the entertainment industry and cultivated HBO's reputation for “prestige” TV. He left HBO shortly after AT&T bought its parent company, Time Warner, and began transforming the media company to propel its own upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-HBO head to make TV, movies for Apple's streaming service

Jan. 3, 2020 2:39 PM EST

The former head of HBO, Richard Plepler, has signed an exclusive production deal with Apple to make TV shows and movies for the iPhone maker's new streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Plepler is well known in the entertainment industry and cultivated HBO's reputation for “prestige” TV. He left the...

Clemson safety Nolan Turner (24) celebrates after his interception against Ohio State during the final minute of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

College football leads ESPN to week of television supremacy

Dec. 31, 2019 3:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With a feast of football, ESPN outpaced all of the broadcasters to be the most-watched network on television during holiday week. The showcase was ESPN's college football championship semi-finals, which together averaged 19.3 million viewers and outpaced last year's games by 6%, the Nielsen...