If you haven't already seen it in the news, on June 15th 2018, AT&T finalized it's $85 billion dollar acquisition of Time Warner. There were questions of the legality of this merger due to antitrust laws in place, but the acquisition was approved by Judge Richard Leon.
Time Warner Content on AT&T's Networks
Time Warner's video properties include Warner Bros., HBO, Turner, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Otter Media, and more. These movie and television production studios will have content that is now directly accessible through AT&T Internet, DIRECTV, and AT&T Wireless. New technologies like 5G Wireless and Fiber Optic Networks are paving the way for the increased deamnds of modern day content with mediums like 4K Video and Virtual Reality. AT&T is quickly becoming the largest source of both media and communication in the country with acquisitions including it's $67.1 billion purchase of DIRECTV on July 24th 2015.
New Company Structure and Leadership
AT&T operates in separate divisions, which are made up of AT&T Communications, AT&T Media Business, AT&T International, and AT&T Advertising and Analytics. These separations allow for independent growth and initiatives while still operating underneath their primary umbrella.
- Services: US Consumers and ~3.5 million companies
- Revenue in 2017: $150 billion
AT&T Media Business
- HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner
- Revenue in 2017: $31 billion
- Mobile Services: Mexico
- Paid TV Services: 11 Countries in South America and the Caribbean
- Revenue in 2017: $8 billion
AT&T Advertising and Analytics
- Provides Customer Data and Marketing Services through TV, Mobile, and Broadband Service