The Tortuous Path to Winning TimeWarner, Sky and Fox

Walt Disney Co., Comcast, and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox organization are vying to gain control of Sky Plc, a high value satellite broadcast and production asset based in Europe.  Sky is a leader in pay-TV services in the UK, and regional markets including Germany and Italy. Sky also sells broadband and mobile phone services, and it […]

ACI in Real Clear Markets: Time Warner Deal is Good for Consumers and Innovation

Mergers often raise antitrust concerns. This is particularly the case when direct competitors combine to form a much larger company – referred to as a horizontal merger. Because these sorts of mergers eliminate competitors and consumer choice, they can lead to a significant increase in market concentration and pose anticompetitive risks. At its core, regulatory […]

Statement by the American Consumer Institute: CBS Blackout Harms Consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement by the American Consumer Institute. Current regulations unfairly give local broadcast stations the upper hand in negotiations with cable distributors over the payment of programming. This has led to massive blackouts and much higher prices for consumers, and the recent CBS blackout of Time Warner’s cable customers is […]

CBS Blackout Harms Consumers: Statement by the American Consumer Institute

Current regulations unfairly give local broadcast stations the upper hand in negotiations with cable distributors over the payment of programming.  This has led to massive blackouts and much higher prices for consumers, and the recent CBS blackout of Time Warner’s cable customers is yet another example of this problem. One major reason for strained negotiations […]