FCC, Justice Department Approve Charter / Time Warner Cable Merger

FCC, Justice Department Approve Charter / Time Warner Cable Merger

Second time’s the charm: where Comcast failed, Charter has succeeded. Time Warner Cable officially has its buyer as of today.

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The TWC/Charter Merger Looks Likely To Happen — And Soon

The TWC/Charter Merger Looks Likely To Happen — And Soon

What Comcast spent more than a year failing to do looks to be a victory in the making for Charter: As the Washington rumor mill has it, the three-way mega-cable-merge of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks could get through a major hurdle and gain approval by the end of the week. In other words, it looks like this one’s going to happen.

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The Consumerist Guide To Understanding Your Charter Cable Bill

The Consumerist Guide To Understanding Your Charter Cable Bill

When you sign up for telecom services — some combination of TV, broadband, and/or phone — from your cable company, you’re told you’ll pay something like $49 or $99 a month… and yet the price you actually pay can be as much as 40% or more on top of that, thanks to a heap of sometimes confusing charges and fees. Which ones do you blame the government for, and which are made up by your cable company? One cable company at a time, we’re using real customers’ bills to break it down. We’ve already looked at Comcast, TWC, and DirecTV, so now it’s Charter’s turn.

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HBO, CNN Concerned Time Warner Cable/Charter Merger Will Harm Streaming

The proposed merger of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House would create the second-largest cable company behind Comcast, at a time when it’s possible to access most of the content that was once exclusive to cable TV through streaming services. Yet the company that brings you HBO and CNN is concerned that a larger, stronger Charter might work to hold back progress in streaming video, the main competition for its cable service. Time Warner filed its concerns with the Federal Communications Commission. [More]

Want To Help Us With A Guide? Send Us Your Charter Bill!

Hi there! Do you like our series on understanding your cable bills — featuring Comcast, TWC, and DirecTV — so far? We’re looking for help continuing it. If you are a Charter customer with a triple-play package, would you please consider sending us a copy of your bill to tips@consumerist.com to help with the next story? As always, we won’t publish any identifying information, but we need eyes on a few more bills to make sure we get this one right.

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Did Net Neutrality Kill Broadband Investment Like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Said It Would?

Last year, when the FCC was preparing to vote on the new Open Internet Order (aka “net neutrality”) and its reclassification of broadband Internet as a vital utility, virtually the entire telecom and cable industry claimed this change would ruin investment and slow innovation. But a look at the year-end financial figures for the biggest naysayers casts a lot of doubt on these dire predictions. [More]

Coalition Forms To Fight “Mega Cable” Merger Between Charter, TWC, & Bright House

Coalition Forms To Fight “Mega Cable” Merger Between Charter, TWC, & Bright House

Last year a group of unlikely allies came together to create the coalition called Stop Mega Comcast to, well, stop the creation of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable mega company. This year, a similar group of improbable allies have come together to oppose the latest big-cable merger between Time Warner Cable, Charter, and Bright House Networks.  [More]

Poll Sponsored By Charter Says Charter Is Great, More Charter Greater

Poll Sponsored By Charter Says Charter Is Great, More Charter Greater

Charter is still pushing very hard to get their pending three-way merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks approved by the FCC and Department of Justice. To that end, they’re happy to push any available evidence that they are not only great, but also working for the public interest. And what better way to gather that evidence than to sponsor their very own poll looking for it?

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Time Warner Cable Raising Rates In New York After State Okays Merger With Charter

Time Warner Cable Raising Rates In New York After State Okays Merger With Charter


Earlier this month, New York state regulators gave their blessing to the pending $55 billion merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. What better way for TWC to celebrate than by jacking up rates for current cable and Internet customers in the Empire State?. [More]

Ad Watchdog Recommends DirecTV Cease 4K Claims

Ad Watchdog Recommends DirecTV Cease 4K Claims

AT&T may already be killing off the DirecTV name, but that doesn’t mean its recently acquired pay-TV brand doesn’t have to answer for its possibly misleading advertisements. As such, a national ad review board has directed the company – at the behest of Charter Communications – to discontinue claims made in its “Hannah and Her Horse” campaign that suggests all of its programming is available via 4K technology.  [More]

Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger Plan Great For Everyone, According To Charter

Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger Plan Great For Everyone, According To Charter

A couple of weeks ago, the FCC collected everyone’s comments about why Charter should or should not be allowed to go through with buying Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in one massive merger. The next step in the process is for Charter to get to respond as to why they think the yea-sayers are right and the nay-sayers are wrong, and they submitted that response this week.

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Former Starz VP Says Network Manipulated Comcast Merger, Asked Him To Inflate Subscriber Numbers

As the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a former senior vice president of sales and affiliate marketing at a premium cable TV network. A recently dismissed Starz exec is now alleging that his former employer had been up to no good, manipulating the (since-failed) swap of markets between Comcast and Charter, and asking executives to inflate the network’s subscriber numbers. [More]

What Key Players Are Telling The FCC About The Charter / Time Warner Cable Merger

What Key Players Are Telling The FCC About The Charter / Time Warner Cable Merger

The three-way Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House merger hit one of its major milestones this week, as the first deadline for filing comments with the FCC has come and gone. As one might expect, consumer advocates and competing businesses are less than thrilled with the major merger plan.

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Broadcasters Ask FCC To Halt Merger Of Time Warner Cable & Charter

Broadcasters Ask FCC To Halt Merger Of Time Warner Cable & Charter

While Time Warner Cable’s current merger à trois with Charter and Bright House is getting significantly less attention than TWC’s recent failed fling with Comcast, but these nuptials aren’t without their detractors. [More]

Charter Wants To Follow FiOS Into Offering “Skinny Bundles” For Cable Customers

Charter Wants To Follow FiOS Into Offering “Skinny Bundles” For Cable Customers

Last spring, Verizon FiOS rejiggered its pay-TV slate into so-called “skinny bundles,” where customers pay for a small core base of channels and then add on smaller, niche-targeted bundles of channels as they please. The change resulted in a very public spat Disney, but the folks at Charter think it’s a good enough idea to consider. [More]

Netflix Is Totally In Favor Of Charter’s Plan To Buy TWC Because It Will Save Them Some Money

Netflix Is Totally In Favor Of Charter’s Plan To Buy TWC Because It Will Save Them Some Money

Netflix is almost 37% of all prime-time internet traffic. ISPs have been known to degrade that traffic until Netflix pays for peering. Netflix really hates having to make (and pay for) those agreements. And so Charter has quickly learned that the quickest way to Netflix’s heart is to promise not to do that.

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Charter Promises TWC, Bright House Merger Will Not Include Data Caps… For A Few Years, Anyway

Charter Promises TWC, Bright House Merger Will Not Include Data Caps… For A Few Years, Anyway

Nobody likes home data caps. And nobody really likes their cable companies. So how can Charter and TWC look like good guys and maybe gain a little favor while planning out their merger? By promising to skip the data caps once they’re joined. At least, for a while.

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Net Neutrality Hasn’t Stopped Charter From Investing

In the heated lead-up to the FCC’s vote on new net neutrality rules, the cable and telecom industry repeatedly made claims that the new regulations would harm investment and curb innovation. But yet another top cable CEO is now saying that no, net neutrality isn’t having a negative effect on its network investments. [More]