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Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

Jun. 21, 2018 6:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more than 30 TV channels delivered over the internet, is an example of the "skinny bundles" coming from telecom and...

Fox News Channel faces backlash from Hollywood creators

Jun. 19, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel faces a growing backlash among Hollywood creators that intensified Tuesday following Laura Ingraham's description of "zero tolerance" detention facilities for children separated from their parents as "essentially summer camps." "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan...

CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

Jun. 19, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV. The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs may not mean...

How Fox's businesses would match up with Disney and Comcast

Jun. 14, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Competing bids from Comcast and Disney for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox come as the media landscape changes and companies get more involved in both creating and distributing content. X-Men and other movies from Fox's studios would help beef up Disney's upcoming streaming service....

After AT&T's win, here comes the expected Comcast-Fox bid

Jun. 13, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After AT&T-Time Warner comes the deluge. Comcast bid $65 billion for Fox's entertainment business on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, it would give a major cable...

Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

Jun. 13, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox's entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T's takeover of Time Warner and rejected the government's argument that it would...

Breaking up the Murdoch empire: Who gets what

Jun. 13, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

A large part of the Fox entertainment empire is up for sale, though Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the family of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday, topping an offer Disney made in December. Here's a look at what the businesses would look...

The Latest: Judge approves merger of AT&T and Time Warner

Jun. 12, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the resolution of the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust case (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A federal judge has approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for...

Federal judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger

Jun. 12, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without imposing major...

Comcast offer for Fox expected after favorable AT&T ruling

Jun. 12, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate. Tuesday's ruling signaled that federal regulators might have a hard time stopping companies from getting bigger by gobbling up rivals and the content they...