AT&T and Dish’s HBO battle is the bleak future of cable and streaming

Yesterday, Plate customers were unable to access HBO due to constant licensing disputes between premium cable channels and TV distributors. It was dark for the first time in HBO's history of more than 40 years. While this sort of thing appears to occasionally happen in the cable industry, companies such as Comcast, AT & T and Disney may be the first signs of a closed cable nightmare in the future.

HBO is owned by WarnerMedia, which was acquired earlier this year as part of AT & T's extensive acquisition of Time Warner. If AT & T insists that the merger should be allowed initially, one of the Justice Department complaints is that AT & T will use the DirecTV Now service for streaming services such as Sling TV.

Of course, AT & T said it will never do that because it will make money from licensing. The government dismissed commentary, saying, "I still have the benefit of AT & T customers who access virtual MVPD content, even if they use directors like Sleep and YouTube TV," Richard Leon told judges. ] But suddenly the Justice Department's arguments seemed much more convincing. In that respect, the ongoing Dish feud does not look like a normal struggle for subscriber rates, and AT & T requires more money to carry the channel.

WarnerMedia is delighted to dispatch customers to cable companies to pay the price or to meet their subscriber quota. Commenting on the reaction to the plate shutdown, HBO said, "We hope that DISH will soon change, but in the meantime, our valued customers must be able to continue to enjoy the prestigious programs using other means of accessing HBO subscriptions." Speaking: It knows that you still pay for HBO. And if the dish is not paid, it will send it to the person you want.

Pay AT & T the price for HBO and Game of Thrones all over the globe, where suddenly cable companies or top streaming services do not want any kind of imagination. More users will be immersed in the welcome arm of AT & T's own DirecTV, DirecTV Now and HBO Now services.

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Or the reason for trading with a cable company is its own streaming service that distributes all content in one integrated bundle? AT & T's WarnerMedia is scheduled to launch in 2019 with "HBO Plus" style services that combine HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. attributes.

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said when the service was first announced, it would keep existing services and new services with cable and satellite distributors in balance. However, if the dispute is an example for the future, it is easy for AT & T to imagine a world that uses the power of real estate to ask the distributor for the money it needs or leave it in the dust.

This kind of hard-line negotiation will become more common as more and more entertainment companies begin to integrate with network owners. If you own the content and own the network to distribute, math will begin to change when you let other customers pay for you instead. We have already seen the beginning. Disney prefers Netflix content and upcoming streaming services.

Some of the consequences of this movement are innocuous on the surface. Free HBO with AT & T subscription. X-Men appears in Marvel movies. Streaming services may not be included on your cellular bill, which is a good thing. But free gratification and fun are the beginning of a slippery slope that ends in an extremely isolated media empire because it does not have to compete simply for service or price. Imagine a kind of competitive stalemate that reaches the US Internet but also applies to streaming the Internet.

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