Uncle Sam, Pre-Marital Counselor: The Approval Process Ahead For Comcast And TWC

Uncle Sam, Pre-Marital Counselor: The Approval Process Ahead For Comcast And TWC

The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as it currently stands, looks like it could be a good move for the businesses and a bad move for consumers. But right now it’s still just that: a proposed merger. In order for this corporate marriage to move forward, federal regulators first have to approve the union–and that’s where it gets tricky. [More]

Why Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner Cable, And Why TWC Wants To Let Them

Why Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner Cable, And Why TWC Wants To Let Them

Commentary has been flying nonstop since Comcast announced its plan to buy Time Warner Cable. If the buyout goes through, there will be enormous repercussions in the TV and broadband industries, both for competitors and for consumers. Before the legal filings and federal approvals and consumer chaos all begin in March, though, it’s worth taking a step back to look at why this merger is being proposed, and why it’s happening now. [More]

Dish CEO: If Comcast Can Buy TWC, Then We Can Merge With DirecTV

Dish CEO: If Comcast Can Buy TWC, Then We Can Merge With DirecTV

As we mentioned last week, if regulators approve the pending marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, it would put pressure on the nation’s two largest satellite operators to combine in order to compete. And while Dish co-founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen isn’t talking about a tie-up with DirecTV just yet, he is pointing out that it would be hypocritical for the Comcast deal to be approved and a satellite merger to be denied. [More]

Why DirecTV and Dish Customers Should Care About Time Warner Cable/Comcast Deal

Why DirecTV and Dish Customers Should Care About Time Warner Cable/Comcast Deal

While many cable subscribers around the country are dreading the impact that a merged Time Warner Cable and Comcast could have on pricing for TV and Internet service, some satellite customers have shrugged off the news. But a tie-up between the two largest terrestrial cable companies could have far-reaching consequences for all pay-TV subscribers. [More]

Real Competition From Google Or Window-Dressing For FCC? Time Warner Cable Improves Speeds In Austin

Real Competition From Google Or Window-Dressing For FCC? Time Warner Cable Improves Speeds In Austin

Here are two facts: Google Fiber is coming to Austin, and Time Warner Cable is being bought by Comcast. The question is: Which one of these two facts is the cause for TWC’s significantly ramped-up service in the Texas capital? [More]

Two Big Reasons The Comcast And Time Warner Cable Deal Is Bad For Consumers

Two Big Reasons The Comcast And Time Warner Cable Deal Is Bad For Consumers

Yesterday, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced a $45 billion merger deal. Consumer advocacy groups (and consumers) were less than thrilled about Comcast’s big news, and ardently called on the FCC and the Justice Department to alter or prevent the buyout. [More]

Comcast & Time Warner Cable: A Wedding That Should Be Called Off Before It’s Too Late

Comcast & Time Warner Cable: A Wedding That Should Be Called Off Before It’s Too Late

The streets covered in snow and ice aren’t the only changed landscape many of us woke up to this morning. As we learned overnight, Comcast has reached a $45 billion dollar deal to purchase Time Warner Cable. [More]

Comcast Agrees To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45 Billion

Comcast Agrees To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45 Billion

A month after Time Warner Cable laughed off Charter’s $37 billion merger offer, the cable company has reached a $45 billion deal with Comcast that would make its nearly 15 million customers permanent citizens of Kabletown. [More]

Why Sprint’s Case For T-Mobile Merger Is Logical But Bad For Consumers

Why Sprint’s Case For T-Mobile Merger Is Logical But Bad For Consumers

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank owns a controlling share of Sprint and has made no attempt to hide its desire to acquire T-Mobile USA and merge the two companies into one. It’s a plan that makes sense from a business point of view, but could be a disaster for consumers. [More]

Jos. A. Bank Attempts To Fend Off Men’s Wearhouse Get Weirder

Jos. A. Bank Attempts To Fend Off Men’s Wearhouse Get Weirder

Everyone was getting bored with the constant drama in the Men’s Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank saga, and we ran out of “gonna like the way you look” jokes weeks ago. That’s why Joey B. decided to mix things up last week and make what seems like a completely random offer to acquire Eddie Bauer. [More]

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

Not so many years ago, the folks at AT&T were so confident they could acquire the little pink wireless company called T-Mobile that they bet billions of dollars in cash and spectrum that the deal would go through. Then both the FCC and the Justice Dept. said they would fight the merger and AT&T ultimately left T-Mobile stranded at the altar. The head of the DOJ’s Antitrust division says that what has happened since that failed marriage is evidence that regulators did the right thing. [More]

Lenovo Agrees To Buy Motorola From Google For $3 Billion

Lenovo Agrees To Buy Motorola From Google For $3 Billion

Not even three years after Google bought wireless device biggie Motorola for $12.5 billion comes news that it’s made a deal with Lenovo to take the manufacturer off Google’s hands for a fraction of that amount. [More]

(Jameson Sempey)

You Might Hate Time Warner Cable, But Would We All Be Worse Off Without It?

While Comcast might have more customers who hate it, we’d be willing to bet that Time Warner Cable is loathed by a higher percentage of its customers. Ask just about any cable-subscribing customer in NYC about the company and prepare to listen to numerous tales of screw-ups, outages, and bad billing. So some are greeting with open arms the news of TWC’s possible sale to one of its competitors. But would the disappearance of TWC just end up costing all of us in the long run? [More]

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

Sprint has reportedly been eyeing a merger with T-Mobile since December. Together, the two companies might have the size and clout to stand up to the nation’s two largest mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T. But could T-Mobile’s small size and untraditional strategies actually be the roadblock preventing the purchase from happening? [More]

Time Warner Cable Rejects $37.3 Billion Offer From Charter, But Takeover Attempt Is Just Beginning

Time Warner Cable Rejects $37.3 Billion Offer From Charter, But Takeover Attempt Is Just Beginning

Yesterday, the backers of Charter Communications made a $37.3 billion offer to purchase Time Warner Cable. It was Charter’s third cash offer to TWC and it was quickly rejected by the larger cable company’s board as “grossly inadequate.” But that doesn’t mean this is the end of the road for Charter’s bid to merge with TWC. [More]

Jos. A. Bank Shareholders Like How Men’s Wearhouse Takeover Bid Looks, Sues Board

Jos. A. Bank Shareholders Like How Men’s Wearhouse Takeover Bid Looks, Sues Board

We can’t help it: we really miss Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer and his “you’re gonna like the way you look; I guarantee it!” commercials, and are compelled to make headline jokes about him. Yet since his ouster, it’s been interesting to watch dueling big-box menswear chains Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse circle each other in a strange acquisition mating ritual. Each company wants to acquire the other, you see, and one major investor has had enough. [More]

Google Moves Into Home Electronics With Acquisition Of Nest

Google Moves Into Home Electronics With Acquisition Of Nest

A few years back, the folks at Nest came out of nowhere with their sexy, web-connected smart thermostats, treating a heretofore overlooked piece of home electronics with style. The company recently did the same thing for another necessary evil in the home, launching a line of equally sleek smoke detectors. Google apparently saw enough from these two product lines and has decided to buy Nest. [More]

American Airlines Will Remind Customers Nonstop About All Its New Post-Merger Changes

(zonaphoto/zonaphoto)

Moving in with your significant other means creating new rules and getting rid of excess. The same goes for the $17.7 billion merger between American Airlines and US Airways, only on a much larger scale. But it’s all for the good of the consumer, right? [More]