Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, CNN + Other Time Warner’s TOP Projects Are Now Belong to AT&T After $85 Billion Deal (Infographics)

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The $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner was officially approved Tuesday and Nexter.org explains what does it mean.

New era of streaming-video monopolies

In one of the most anticipated antitrust rulings in decades, federal judge Richard Leon approved the $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

The deal, nearly two years in the making, netted a massive and potentially legacy-sealing win for AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson.

The case was closely followed by an industry in the midst of consolidation.

“This deal will accelerate content and streaming initiatives between Time Warner properties and AT&T and be a major shot across the bow to other cable and wireless players with all these assets under one hood,” he said.

Many antitrust lawyers predicted that AT&T would prevail. The merger would create a media and telecommunications powerhouse, reshaping the landscape of those industries. The combined company would have a library that includes HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” and channels like CNN, along with vast distribution reach through wireless and satellite television services across the country.

Here you can see what top projects will AT&T own after the deal:

AT&T-Inc.-and-Time-Warner-ifographics

The decision is a blow for the DOJ. “We are disappointed with the Court’s decision today,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said in a statement. “We will closely review the Court’s opinion and consider next steps in light of our commitment to preserving competition for the benefit of American consumers.”

The industry is now turning its eyes to another potential megamerger — the fight between Comcast and Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox. With AT&T’s victory over the DOJ, it seems likely that Comcast will put together its bid for Fox quickly.


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