AT&T recently acquired Time Warner. This was a small green-light for Comcast to compete with Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox. However, this merger went through to the dismay of the U.S. Justice Department who have filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to continue fighting the decision.
I can understand why the Justice Department doesn’t like this merger. It gives someone in charge of a lot of the physical infrastructure needed to deliver content, a lot of content. This could lead to a lot of problems for consumers and the industry. Some of you may point to the NBC Universal and Comcast deal that happened several years ago and I don’t know that I would’ve been happy about it had I known.
So, what does this mean for us geeks besides the fact that AT&T could potentially make it so you watch all the Time Warner content and no one else’s? Well, AT&T now have control of both Warner Bros. And DC Comics. All the DCEU movies are now owned by AT&T who could change things for any of the movies in development. It also means that AT&T has Harry Potter and a lot of other properties that you care about. Do you think that AT&T will take better care of things? Will AT&T be good and not abuse their powers as a content provider and infrastructure provider?