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 1 year ago '09        #1
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at&t slowly starts to wage war on netflix
 

 
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AT&T CEO says the company absolutely must spend $86 billion to acquire Time Warner in order to compete with Netflix. AT&T is a mammoth international juggernaut whose cooperation with NSA domestic surveillance efforts makes discerning where AT&T begins and the government starts difficult to a*sess. The company also wields mammoth political power over state and federal lawmakers, as the company's recent attacks on net neutrality, privacy, and overall oversight of the uncompetitive broadband sector should make pretty clear.

Consumer advocates worry that AT&T's growing domination over both the conduit to the house, and the content coming into it, will provide a company with a long history of anti-competitive and downright fraudulent behavior, ample opportunity to behave even more poorly.

But throughout the debates over net neutrality and broadband privacy, AT&T has consistently tried to argue that it's Netflix consumers and regulators should be truly worried about.


AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson trotted this idea out again this week, as he tried to argue that the company simply must spend $86 billion on its Time Warner acquisition to compete with Netflix. And the DOJ has sued to stop the deal for being harmful for consumers (or because Rupert Murdoch doesn't want the added competition), Stephenson tried to suggest that Netflix is the real bogeyman, and its own power is what regulators should be investigating.


"Reality is, the biggest distributor of content out there is totally vertically integrated," Stephenson told CNBC. "This happens to be something called Netflix. But they create original content; they aggregate original content; and they distribute original content. They have 100 million subscribers," Stephenson said on CNBC. "Look at Amazon. They're doing the exact same thing. Amazon Studios, creating, aggregating, distributing; Google, YouTube, Hulu, this thing is prolific."

The demonization of Netflix as the "real problem" has been a broadband industry MO for several years as large ISPs try to saddle streaming competitors with regulation while eliminating oversight for themselves as they try to push into the advertising business. Of course the markets and regulatory environment for both companies couldn't be more different; with users often forced to use AT&T due to the company's monopoly over the last mile in countless markets.


However AT&T, a company busted in recent years for aiding drug dealing scammers, making user bills harder to understand to aid crammers, ripping off programs for both the hearing impaired and the poor -- may not be in the best position to levy such warnings

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 1 year ago '10        #2
Hovi Bryant 682 heat pts682
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AT&T trying to come at Netflix from all sorts of directions. This is crazy.

 1 year ago '15        #3
kingjappyjoe 
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fu*k Alexa, Facebook and Atnt and any place you shop that asks for your email they sell all your info and cause you more ads don’t support their bullsh*t!!

 1 year ago '06        #4
servesurite 46 heat pts46
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lol at the preview pic for this thread

 1 year ago '10        #5
mixtapelive 273 heat pts273
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 kingjappyjoe said
fu*k Alexa, Facebook and Atnt and any place you shop that asks for your email they sell all your info and cause you more ads donít support their bullsh*t!!
At the age of 15 I figured out to just create a burner email account and use that to sign up for everything... I thought it was common sense and what everybody else was doing......

 1 year ago '15        #6
kingjappyjoe 
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 mixtapelive said
At the age of 15 I figured out to just create a burner email account and use that to sign up for everything... I thought it was common sense and what everybody else was doing......
I just donít give them a real email I use one for bills and another for fun but I make up email names at stores and sh*t I dnt need that random 5% coupon online later for them to sell my info

 1 year ago '09        #7
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 servesurite said
lol at the preview pic for this thread




the thumbnail for that thread

 1 year ago '05        #8
PhrozenMenace 1 heat pts
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greedy bastards

 1 year ago '06        #9
PremiumBreeze 
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ATT is trying to rebuild "Ma Bell" slowly but surely, history repeats itself.

 1 year ago '04        #10
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 PremiumBreeze said
ATT is trying to rebuild "Ma Bell" slowly but surely, history repeats itself.


Facts.....!!!! But times have changed... i hope they burn... but dope "ma bell" reference...have not heard that term since the 80's on the "V" the series.... lol!!!

 1 year ago '16        #11
Homer Pimpson 
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 mixtapelive said
At the age of 15 I figured out to just create a burner email account and use that to sign up for everything... I thought it was common sense and what everybody else was doing......
been doing this forever

 1 year ago '05        #12
blackninja 13 heat pts13
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I wonder if there is a grain of truth in the rumor that Apple was looking to buy Netflix.

 1 year ago '10        #13
SoFresh170 28 heat pts28
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Some savages over there at AT&T. Those motherfu*kers want it all.

 1 year ago '06        #14
new2hiphop 2 heat pts
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AT&T u had your chance fuk niccas let Netflix live

 1 year ago '17        #15
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 mixtapelive said
At the age of 15 I figured out to just create a burner email account and use that to sign up for everything... I thought it was common sense and what everybody else was doing......

 12 months ago '05        #16
precys 91 heat pts91
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Lmao@people talking about burner emails because they scared of ads and their info being sold but use a smartphone, have social media profiles, probably have tinder, bumble, OkCupid etc and really think they doing something lmao you need to realize that they already got your info and been doing whatever you think they doing with it. A "fake email" ain't doing nothing but being more of an inconvenience than anything lol

 12 months ago '06        #17
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As long as they don’t buy putlocker or alluc, I don’t give a fu*k.

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