It’s been a busy year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. with AT&T’s leadership in technology and customer relationships across video, mobile and broadband. The merger will allow us to reinvent the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.
But that’s not all we have accomplished. We’ve selected 8 new ed-tech companies to fund, mentor and provide entrepreneur resources to through our AT&T Aspire Accelerator program.
We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested $1.3 billion over the past 3 years to enhance local networks in Ohio. The first half of the year has been an exciting time at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish during the rest of the year.
President — AT&T Ohio
AT&T completes acquisition of Time Warner Inc.
AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T’s leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.
Together, the companies form a truly modern media company that will work to create the best entertainment and communications experiences in the world.
“The content and creative talent at Warner Bros., HBO and Turner are first-rate. Combine all that with AT&T’s strengths in direct-to-consumer distribution, and we offer customers a differentiated, high-quality, mobile-first entertainment experience,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc. “We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.”
Stephenson said the future of media entertainment is rapidly converging around three elements required to transform how video is distributed, paid for, consumed and created. Today, AT&T brings together:
Premium Content: Broadly distributed, robust premium content portfolio that combines leading movies and shows from Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, along with more targeted digital content from Bleacher Report, FilmStruck and AT&T’s investment in Otter Media, among others.
Direct to Consumer Distribution (D2C): AT&T has more than 170 million D2C relationships across its TV, video streaming, mobile and broadband services in the U.S., mobile in Mexico, and TV in Latin America, in addition to D2C digital properties such as HBO NOW, Boomerang, FilmStruck and CNN.com.
High-Speed Networks: AT&T‘s leading wireless and fiber network, including investments in new technology, such as 5G, will provide the network bandwidth required as customers increase engagement with premium video and emerging 4K and virtual reality content.
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