How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination [telecom]

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Without net neutrality rules, telecom-backed streaming services are
free to fight dirty

By Karl Bode

After decades of soaring cable TV prices, the streaming revolution has
finally arrived. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon are all fully
stocked services, entirely capable of competing with cable on content,
and they're all rated far higher in customer satisfaction than the
companies they hope to supplant.

The result is new competition for cable companies that's pushing them
into the streaming business. Nearly every broadcaster that's currently
in the cable TV lineup will offer some kind of direct-to-consumer
streaming service by 2022. Most notable will be Disney's looming
Disney+ service, which will soon be the exclusive streaming home of
must-have content from Pixar, Marvel, and the Star Wars universe. AT&T
plans to launch its own streaming service next year, drawing on
content from DC Comics and Harry Potter that was acquired as part of
the recent Time Warner deal.

Bill Horne
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

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