Comcast-Time Warner merger

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Comcast: Time Warner Deal Is Off

Comcast CEO makes it official in interview

(Newser) - As rumored yesterday , Comcast today announced it's dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. A merger of the No. 1 and No. 2 US cable companies would have put nearly 30% of TV subscribers and about 55% of broadband subscribers under one roof,... More »

Comcast, Time Warner Deal Is Off: Reports

Feds were opposed, though it's not official yet

(Newser) - Apparently, Comcast's meeting with the feds didn't go well yesterday. The company plans to scrap its deal to take over Time Warner and create a gargantuan cable company , reports Bloomberg . Neither company is saying anything publicly, but the New York Times and CNBC have confirmed the news with... More »

Comcast 'Call From Hell' Makes Waves

Ryan Block tries to disconnect his service, painfully

(Newser) - It's the customer service call heard 'round the world: Eight minutes of audio has been played more than 1.7 million times since Ryan Block made it available (via Soundcloud , posted on Twitter ) Monday night. The crux: The AOL product manager was calling Comcast to disconnect his... More »

America's Favorite Whipping Boys: Time Warner, Comcast

Now merging into one universally loathed entity

(Newser) - It turns out that that whole proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger would really just consolidate America's rage at crappy customer service under one behemoth roof: According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a survey of 70,000 of your fine countrymen, two industries ruled the gutters: television providers and Internet... More »

Comcast Gets Rid of 3.9M Customers to Ease Merger

It sells 1.4M, spins off 2.5M more

(Newser) - Comcast today announced a pair of moves that will rid it of a combined 3.9 million subscribers, in an attempt to make its Time Warner merger sit more easily with regulators. Comcast will sell 1.4 million subscribers to rival (and previous Time Warner suitor) Charter Communications for $7.... More »

Netflix Seem Slower? You're Not Imagining Things

Site's bandwidth usage spurs disagreements with providers

(Newser) - If your Netflix account seems to be running slower than usual these days, that's because it very likely is slower. Traffic conflicts between the service and major broadband providers—especially Verizon FiOS—are resulting in a slowdown, Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix says its average primetime speeds for Verizon... More »

On What Planet Is the Comcast Merger OK?

Paul Krugman thinks we've gotten too complacent about monopolies

(Newser) - Paul Krugman has just two questions about Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner . "First, why would we even think about letting it go through?" he asks in the New York Times . "Second, when and why did we stop worrying about monopoly power?" The broadband industry is already... More »

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