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Peter Bart: Will Time Warner’s Creative Energy Survive AT&T Takeover?

Time Warner, the empire that was once poised to conquer both Hollywood and the web, is about to fade into a mere corporate subsidiary, reminding industry players yet again that the ground is shifting under them. Jeffrey Bewkes could walk away with a $95 million exit visa when TW is absorbed into the amorphous corporate blob known as ATT, as his acolytes at HBO, CNN, Warner Bros and Turner wait nervously to discover what lies in store for them. The bottom-line question: ATT, a low-growth company, sees TW as a potential growth engine, but will it invest the big bucks needed for TW to compete in the Netflix/Amazon universe?

Industry leaders realize that the $85.4 billion ATT deal could foreshadow a chain reaction of corporate convulsions. Indeed, media veterans

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Reese Witherspoon (‘Big Little Lies …

“I won the Oscar and I felt really confused about what to do next,” Reese Witherspoon confesses, in reference to her 2006 best actress victory for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, as we sit down at the Formosa Recording Studio in Santa Monica to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I had paralysis — Oscar-induced paralysis,” she adds, along with her trademark giggle. “You don’t know what to do!” For Witherspoon, who had been on Hollywood’s A-list since 2001’s Legally Blonde, it marked the beginning of several years of personal and professional frustration, during which some began to write her off. “Someone in The New Yorker said that I was ‘a has-been’ or my career was over, and I remember thinking — how old was I in 2012, like 36? — I was like, ‘Wow, that’s brutal!’ That really

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TV Review: ‘Mr. Mercedes’ on AT&T Audience Network

David E. Kelley has been on a hot streak of late, with his series “Goliath” and “Big Little Lies” successfully negotiating the demands of both upmarket TV consumers and commercially minded drama purveyors. Unfortunately, “Mr. Mercedes,” despite its excellent cast, breaks that streak.

On paper, the combination of Kelley and Stephen King, the author of the book that the ATT Audience Network series is based on, is a felicitous match. King’s novels often supply the kind of character nuance and wry detail that keep a reader turning the page, no matter how strange things get. For all his reputation as a master of various genres and their attendant spectacles and mythologies, King has a gift for putting readers inside the complex psychologies and dilemmas of believably layered people.

Kelley, for his part,

... read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/mr-mercedes-stephen-king-tv-drama-review-1202520685/

AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as “unlimited” to all their customers. But while I’m reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), ATT’s plan could better be described as a “22GB data plan but you can’t actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop” plan.

Admittedly, it’s not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

When ATT announced the plan yesterday, it didn’t give us all of the pricing details or restrictions on that unlimited data. But now that the plan is available, we can see specifics, and it suddenly looks like less of a good deal.

Let’s start with the fine print. There’s a lot of it, which you can examine in detail here, but two

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Justin Bieber cancels world tour before stop in Arlington

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Pop superstar Justin Bieber will not be coming to Arlington this weekend for a concert since the singer canceled the last 14 dates of his Purpose World Tour.

Bieber was set to perform at ATT Stadium this Saturday night. He says he needs some rest and relaxation, but he’s disappointing some big fans who were really looking forward to the show.

His representatives didn’t offer details about the cancellation in a statement released Monday but said the singer “loves his fans and hates to disappoint them.”

“However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates,” the statement read.

It’s unclear why he’s pulling the plug on his 14 remaining shows, including a stop in

... read more at: http://www.fox4news.com/entertainment/269869250-story

Getting connected in the country: AT&T expands internet, but only for …

Living on the outskirts has many advantages, but internet service often is not one of them.

Seville is one of several rural areas in Florida whose residents have a tough time getting online. Now, ATT has extended its fixed wireless internet service to the Northwest Volusia community, but more Seville-area residents want the service than can get it.

ATT spokeswoman Rosie Montalvo said the company plans to expand internet access to more than 25,000 rural Florida locations by 2020.

The company promises the service will deliver a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 Mbps via a wireless tower that transmits to a fixed antenna on the customers’ homes or businesses.

It’s an efficient way to reach customers who are difficult to serve through other technologies, Montalvo explained.

But there’s not enough to go around.

Lori Braddock has lived in Seville for more than 30 years. Mostly, she likes being disconnected from traffic

... read more at: https://www.beacononlinenews.com/articles/2017/07/19/getting-connected-country-att-expands-internet-only-some

Cord cutting climbs to 976K users, SNL Kagan’s official tally says …

Linear pay-TV services lost 976,000 customers in the second quarter, said research company SNL Kagan, delivering the most comprehensive tally of the three-month period’s record cord cutting to date. 

Traditional cable, satellite and telco MVPD services have lost a combined 1.8 million user in 2017, with the number of pay-TV homes in the U.S. dropping to 96.1 million, SNL Kagan said. (The SNL Kagan numbers were reported by Multichannel News.)

RELATED: Linear pay TV lost 941K subscribers in Q2, still the worst quarter ever

The tally doesn’t include virtual MVPD services—Dish Network’s Sling TV and ATT’s DirecTV Now platforms have around 1.9 million subscribers between them, the research company added. 

Separately, Leichtman Research Group released its own second-quarter tally for the top 10 linear pay-TV operators, finding that the combined forces of ATT, Comcast, Charter, Dish, Verizon, Cox, Altice, Frontier, Mediacom and Cable One lost 893,000 users in during the period. 

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How to Watch Stephen King’s Mysterious ‘Mr. Mercedes’ TV Show

Of all the recent and upcoming Stephen King adaptations, there’s probably one you keep forgetting exists. Mr. Mercedes, a television series based on King’s 2014 novel of the same name, is set to premiere on August 9 on ATT’s commercial-free Audience Network. The few critics who have reviewed the show are pretty in love — so we thought we’d let you know how to join in on all the fucked up fun.

David Kelley, responsible for other shows such as Amazon’s Goliath and HBO’s Big Little Lies, wrote and adapted Mr. Mercedes for television and executive produced alongside director Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones, Under the Dome).

The series stars Brendan Gleeson as Bill Hodges, a hardened, retired police detective, and Harry Treadaway as Brady Hartsfield, a demented killer who goes by the name “Mr. Mercedes.” Brady mows down a group

... read more at: https://www.inverse.com/article/34996-mr-mercedes-tv-show-stephen-king-rating

Attendance Dilemmas Are Challenging The Yankees To Revisit The Fan Experience

The New York Yankees have been a pleasant surprise at the outset of the 2017 baseball season. Most prognosticators and algorithms predicted the Yankees to be an unspectacular ball club who would win approximately 82 ball games this season. However, a healthy injection of youthful exuberance blended with sage veteran leadership has the ball club atop the American League East standings with Memorial Day already in the rear view mirror. There are a myriad of factors to explain the unbridled enthusiasm percolating in the Bronx, but all roads still lead to the blossoming superstar in right field. Through Aaron Judge’s character, personality, and performance the Yankees are being challenged to think of new and exciting ways to create deep and meaningful connections with the fans. It all starts with the stadium experience and how can the Yankees make it unequivocally unique to the integrity of the franchise while cultivating lasting

... read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/waynemcdonnell/2017/06/01/attendance-dilemmas-are-challenging-the-yankees-to-revisit-the-fan-experience/

Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had ATT (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.  

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago,

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