Over the past few weeks the potential Time Warner and AT&T merger has become a major talking point. Anytime two major companies join forces there is almost always some sort of public backlash and this instance is no different. The merger is even miraculously uniting Republicans and Democrats over the issue. However not every reaction to the merger was doom and gloom. Over the past few weeks a number of experts and analysts have weighed in on the situation to discuss how the merger will affect the consumer both positively and negatively. Here is a quick list of the best articles we found on the subject:
NPR’s Alina Selyukh wrote a great article weighing the pros and cons of the merger and how it will affect consumers. On the positive side she believes that the merger could bring about new forms of content and potentially offer a competitor to cable. Yet Selyukh believes the merger would also give way to higher prices, exclusivity, self-dealing and consolidation.
In Natalie Robehmed’s article for Forbes she too dissects the pros and cons of the merger. She believes the main positive benefit will be the huge influx of mobile centered entertainment. Robehmed writes that the merger will open up a whole new world of content to stream on your mobile phone. However she agrees with Selyukh in believing that that this will lead to higher prices and a potential for monopolization.
Changing gears slightly is Adam Chandler’s article from The Atlantic. Rather than focusing on the more tangible effects of the merger, Chandler addresses the public outcry and negative reaction to the merger.
Lastly is Chris Matthews’ article from Fortune.com. Instead of concentrating on the effects the merger may have, Matthews argues that the deal should be blocked long before any of these affects come about.
There are a lot of really interesting facets to this story. The FCC and Net Neutrality may eventually play a role in whether or not the merger is a success. (Click here to learn more about Net Neutrality) As the story continues to unfold, keep a close eye on how the merger may change the landscape of mobile entertainment.