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AT&T customer since 1960 buys WSJ print ad to complain of slow speeds

Enlarge Getty Images | Synergee A man who has been an AT&T customer since 1960 has a message for CEO John Stankey about the company’s failure to upgrade DSL areas to modern Internet service. Aaron Epstein, 90, is so frustrated by his 3Mbps Internet plan that he took out a Wall Street Journal ad in …

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AT&T may keep majority ownership of DirecTV as it closes in on final deal

Enlarge / A DirecTV satellite dish seen outside a bar in Portland, Oregon, in October 2019. Getty Images | hapabapa AT&T is reportedly closing in on a deal to sell a stake in DirecTV to TPG, a private-equity firm. Unfortunately for customers hoping that AT&T will relinquish control of DirecTV, a Reuters report on Friday …

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AT&T’s cord-cutting TV Now service is no longer accepting signups

SOPA Images via Getty Images AT&T is killing off its skinny bundle AT&T TV Now service, less than 18 months after its introduction as a replacement for DirectTV Now. New customers can no longer sign up for the bundle, though existing users will be able to continue to use the service without disruptions, a spokesperson …

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Sony says WarnerMedia’s HBO Max gamble helped its movie business

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Directors aren’t thrilled about WarnerMedia’s decision to release every 2021 movie on HBO Max, and that’s proving to be good news for at least one rival. As The Verge reports, Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra told CNBC in an interview that his studio has enjoyed a “bit of a boom” from Hollywood creators …

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ rentals will start early in UK, where there’s no HBO Max

Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is using Wonder Woman 1984 to push HBO Max, but what happens in countries where the streaming service (or an equivalent partner) simply isn’t an option? Early rentals, apparently. Deadline and Variety have confirmed WW84 will be available for 48-hour digital rentals in the UK and Ireland on January 13th, just …

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AT&T sells Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.2B amid “streamlining” efforts

Enlarge / The logo may or may not last after the deal is complete. Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Those of us who are old enough to have clear memories of video stores may remember the time when “Japanimation” comprised a single bottom shelf of battered VHS cases near the …

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HBO Max creator might roll out two more streaming services

REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry WarnerMedia might not be content to pin most of its streaming hopes on HBO Max. As Gizmodo reports, The Information sources claim WarnerMedia is discussing launches for two more streaming services. One would be a paid CNN service that might ditch the usual 24-hour news in favor of deep-dive originals and international …

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T-Mobile activates 988 for emergency mental health services

fizkes via Getty Images T-Mobile customers can now call 988 to access free emergency mental health services. It added support for the number more than 18 months ahead of the deadline that the Federal Communications Commission set for providers to do so.  In July, the FCC voted to designate 988 as the three-digit number for …

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Broadband power users explode, making data caps more profitable for ISPs

Data cap cash. Aurich Lawson | Getty Images The number of broadband “power users”—people who use 1TB or more per month—has doubled over the past year, ensuring that ISPs will be able to make more money from data caps. In Q3 2020, 8.8 percent of broadband subscribers used at least 1TB per month, up from 4.2 …

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The tech antitrust problem no one is talking about

After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. The House Antitrust Subcommittee released a report accusing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook of monopolistic behavior. The Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google alleging the company prevents consumers from sampling other search …

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