DOJ reportedly pushes for support in blocking AT&T, Time Warner deal | Sources: FCC sets Dec. date for vote to roll back net neutrality | Comcast launches RealTime Assist to boost customer service offerings
November 16, 2017
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DOJ reportedly pushes for support in blocking AT&T, Time Warner deal
The Justice Department has reached out to 18 state attorneys general seeking support for an antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed deal between AT&T and Time Warner, a source says. A draft complaint has reportedly been sent, but no state has yet joined a potential lawsuit.
Reuters (11/15),  CNN (11/15) 
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Sources: FCC sets Dec. date for vote to roll back net neutrality
Sources: FCC sets Dec. date for vote to roll back net neutrality
Pai (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
The Federal Communications Commission will vote December 14 on a proposal to overturn net neutrality rules, sources say. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will release plans next week for the final vote to roll back the Obama-era regulations, the sources claim.
Bloomberg (free registration) (11/15),  Reuters (11/15) 
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Comcast launches RealTime Assist to boost customer service offerings
Comcast launches RealTime Assist to boost customer service offerings
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Comcast has launched its RealTime Assist messaging service in an effort to improve its customer service. Customers can use their mobile phones, the X1 platform or the My Account app to receive information on technician appointments, upgrades, outages and more.
Multichannel News (11/15) 
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Trends in Technology
Will Disney be Rupert Murdoch's last big play?
Will Disney be Rupert Murdoch's last big play?
Rupert Murdoch (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Rupert Murdoch and his sons are reportedly listening to Disney's interest in certain 21st Century Fox properties, including movie and TV studios, amid concerns that Fox isn't big enough, especially globally, to compete against consolidating rivals. Another uncertainty is whether Murdoch's sons Lachlan and James, both Fox executives, wish to pursue the same course of action as their father.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/14) 
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Viacom, Charter team up to produce, distribute content
Charter Communications is teaming up with Viacom to create original content that will first be available to Charter subscribers before being distributed across international and domestic markets. The companies will also work together on the use of anonymized viewership data for advertising, as well as to tackle the issue of unauthorized password sharing.
The Hollywood Reporter (11/15) 
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Report: Older consumers, lower-income homes pay most attention to TV
Report: Older consumers, lower-income homes pay most attention to TV
People aged 65 and over pay the most attention when watching television, including the ads, while those 18 or under have the worst attention spans, according to TVision Insights. The research also found that lower-income households have higher attention scores than the highest income homes.
MediaPost Communications (11/15) 
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IP Download
Charter makes its move into SD-WAN
Charter's Spectrum Enterprise unit is finding its way into the SD-WAN market using its existing Ethernet with Nokia's Nuage software. The company this week has taken to the MEF17 show to demonstrate how SD-WAN can be used as an overlay for Ethernet sites and also how it can be extended to non-Ethernet sites.
SDxCentral (11/14),  Light Reading (11/14) 
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Digital Trends
Sources: Amazon won't be launching streaming bundle
Sources: Amazon won't be launching streaming bundle
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Amazon has nixed plans to create a streaming service that would bundle broadcast and cable networks, sources say. The company has backed away from talks with networks after finding that it would be unable to break through old business models and make a profit from such a service, the sources claim.
Reuters (11/15) 
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