Two of the biggest cable networks in the US on Thursday agreed to a monster $45.2bn deal that will see Comcast acquire 100 per cent of Time Warner Cable. The transaction will generate approximately $1.5bn in operating efficiencies but will need to be cleared by regulatory and competition authorities.
Microsoft has written to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging for its approval of AT&T’s bid for US and Latin American pay TV provider DirecTV.
The potential merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by both video on demand service provider Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE).
The seventeen largest cable and telecoms providers in the US (representing around 93% of the market) acquired 579,521 additional broadband subscribers in the third quarter of this year, according to US firm Leichtman Research Group.
In a market where spectrum is becoming an increasingly valuable asset, US carrier Verizon Wireless has secured approval for its purchase of 122 AWS spectrum licences from cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for $3.6bn. It will also complete transactions with Leap Wireless, Savary Island Wireless and T-Mobile, after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), approved the deals.
The US Department of Justice has given qualified approval to the US operator Verizon’s plan to purchase wireless spectrum holdings from the four largest US cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications. But agreements between Verizon and the cable operators to offer one another’s services must change, the DoJ said, because the plan as hatched “would have harmed competition by diminishing the companies’ incentive to compete.”