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Dawn of Targeted TV Advertising

Advertising Week | Posted 09.30.2015 | Business
Advertising Week

By Rick Welday, President, AT&T AdWorks Two months ago, AT&T and DIRECTV came together to create the future of entertainment on any screen, at any ti...

The FCC and AT&T Don't Care About Rural Areas and They Can Just Make Crap Up

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

One would think that the FCC would care about a failure to upgrade whole parts of multiple states.

These Are The Companies With The Worst Customer Service

24/7 Wall St. | Hannah Paridis | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business

Every company in the United States claims to care more about its customers than the competition does. Yet polls show that some corporations do a truly...

AT&T Acquires DirecTV For $49 Billion

AP | By TALI ARBEL | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion...

FCC Gives Stamp Of Approval For AT&T And DirecTV Merger

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The d...

Stop the AT&T-DirecTV Merger or History Will Slap Us in the Face

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The web is abuzz with two recent filings by AT&T -- which are being done as a desperate attempt to close the AT&T-DirecTV merger.

Will the FCC Ignore Our Complaint? Did AT&T Commit Perjury, Claiming it had Covered 100 Percent of 21 States With Broadband?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Rumors are flying that the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger is a done deal. And yet, it appears that the FCC ignored our complaint, which outlined that AT&T may have committed perjury during the previous AT&T-BellSouth merger.

Math is a Tool to Understand Our World - It Should be Working for All Students

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

In the last national math assessments, just 20 percent of eighth-graders from low-income families were proficient in math appropriate for their grade level.

The NFL and its $25 Billion Train

Chris Koras | Posted 06.03.2015 | Sports
Chris Koras

The NFL has made itself so relevant in main-stream media that regardless of what time of year it is, every sports media outlet will be featuring an NFL related story. It has become a soap opera with a few games mixed in, and it has thrived as a result.

An Open, True Blue Letter to Vin Scully

Jeff Polman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Sports
Jeff Polman

I am asking if you would do the one sensible thing that may finally put an end to this quagmire. Just pick up the phone, call the Dodgers, and say "Either fix this thing now, or I walk."

Heading Into Super Bowl XLIX, Fans Are the Big Winners

Alicia Jessop | Posted 04.02.2015 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

On Sunday night, either the Seahawks or Patriots will walk out of University of Phoenix Stadium as winners of Super Bowl XLIX. Leading up to the big game, though, the biggest winners of Super Bowl weekend are the fans attending the wide variety of events hosted by NFL partners and other corporations across Phoenix.

A Bagful of Sugar Rot: Is Subscriber 'Support' Just Some Kind of Trick in the Pay-TV Provider Wars?

Marie Woolf | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
Marie Woolf

When CNN and six other channels suddenly vanished from Dish Network on October 21 due to failed contract negotiations with content provider Turner Broadcasting, I decided to go along with the gag, for one of my masochistic little experiments in customer service.

The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Doctor Who, Transparent, Peaky Blinders, Kingpin and More Non-Broadcast Newsmakers of the New TV Season

Ed Martin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Ed Martin

It has been years since the opening weeks of a new television season truly "belonged" to broadcast -- but it seems that this year, in particular, the "other guys" have been coming on especially strong, with big news, bold moves and some of the most exciting new shows of 2014.

AT&T's Top 13 Broken Promises. DIRECTV Merger? 'Giga'-Me-a-Break!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger. And the states should go back and examine whether customers have been paying extra for decades based on commitments never fulfilled.

Nick Jonas Will Be Nude And Possibly Gay Or Bisexual In His New Show

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices

We know that Nick Jonas has flashed his abs at gay clubs in New York City, but now, it looks like we may see him flash his abs as a gay or bisexual ch...

Family Sues DirecTV Because Sex Offenders Shouldn't Be Going Into Customers' Homes

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A Dallas family has sued satellite television provider DirecTV after a man making a serv...

The "New" Media Landscape: CNBCUTWC, 21stCFTW, ATTDirecTV, T-Sprint

Shelly Palmer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Over the next 18 months, proposed and pending mergers and acquisitions are going to completely change the media landscape. Even if only a few of them ...

Fantasy Football Channel Coming To A TV Near You

Awful Announcing | Posted 07.07.2014 | Sports

By Ken Fang, Awful Announcing Adding to its arsenal of live out-of-market football games and the Red Zone Channel, DirecTV will add a live fantasy ...

(VIDEO) Beet Commentary: Big Upside in DirecTV-AT&T Deal Resides in Mobile & Latin America, Ashley J. Swartz

Andy Plesser | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology
Andy Plesser

While programming has been cited as a motivator for the AT&T-DirectTV deal, the biggest benefits may lie in wireless and Latin America, says Ashle...

The FCC, Net Neutrality, and Corporate Power

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Joseph A. Palermo

For years now the corporate Internet Service Providers have been pushing for a tiered system of Internet delivery. They want the FCC to allow them to construct "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet.

Your Ridiculously High Cable Bill Could Go Up Even More

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 05.20.2014 | Technology

The cost of TV has been rising at a breathless pace. And thanks to a couple of pending mega-mergers, it could get even worse. The price for basic c...

This May Kill The AT&T-DirecTV Merger

Reuters | Liana B. Baker | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology

(Reuters) - If DirecTV is unable to strike a deal with the National Football League to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular...

AT&T To Acquire DirecTV For $48.5 BILLION

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or ...

Is AT&T About To Take Over DirecTV?

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology

April 30 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV company, the Wall Street Journal reported, ci...

Discovery Just Bought A TV Channel For Your Dog

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.11.2014 | TV

Finally, there's a way for your dog to relax after a ruff day. Discovery Communications, which owns Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet, just ...