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DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service. Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store.... Read the […]


Google, other tech giants outline ways to improve IoT security

Google, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and a handful of other tech industry giants joined former FCC Chief Technologist Dale Hatfield to form the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group in 2010, in an attempt to develop a s...

AT&T to give away Apple TV if you subscribe to at least 3 months of DirecTV Now service

Variety is reporting today that U.S. wireless carrier AT&T will incentivize customers to subscribe to its DirecTV Now Internet-based live TV service by gifting a free Apple TV to each and every customer who commits to at least three months of paid service. AT&T earlier this month announced plans to acquire the media conglomerate Time […]


ICYMI: Halloween Spooktacular 2; The CGI reckoning

Today on In Case You Missed It: Disney figured out a way to make digitally generated faces in a fraction of the time it used to take with a head-worn camera rig. Designers in the Netherlands created a stilt-like elevator that relies on human power...

Apple closely monitoring Time Warner Acquisition

Despite their best efforts, Apple has never managed to take over TV like they have the mobile. Despite trying numerous angles, and Steve Jobs rumoured to have ‘cracked it’, the old school media companies just keep their hands clasped tight. If recent reports are to be believed from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is still contemplating snatching up Time Warner from underneath the nose of AT&T.

The WSJ are reporting that Apple execs have met with Time Warner bosses in recent months. They indicated that Apple may not have put to bed ideas of acquiring the media company that first surfaced in January this year.

Apple closely monitoring Time Warner Acquisition

Apple TV and media push

However in July, Eddy Cue when speaking to the Hollywood Reporter indicated that Apple had dropped any plans they previously had in favour of investing in original content. A push that was bolstered by Apple hiring the former VP of Time Warner, Peter Stern. Unfortunately, the merger of Time Warner and AT&T may be much further down the line than they think. The talks are in an advanced stage and a deal could be done as early as this weekend, according to CNBC. This means the hands-off approach used by Apple this time has not worked out.

Apple is confident they have TV nailed with an app-centric approach, but clearly want to push forward with their own content. However, things like a universal TV guide and providing their own subscription services have proved elusive. Would an old school media company acquisition help bolster these efforts? Perhaps not, but the muscle to negotiate with others might help get those deals done.

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  • AT&T announces buying Time Warner as it looks to compete nationwide with cable companies

    Following reports that AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, held talks regarding a possible acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has now formally confirmed that it will be purchasing the entertainment conglomerate in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The purchase price implies a total equity value of $85.4 billion and a total transaction value of...