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5 Things You Need To Know About The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Trial

AT&Tis set to battle it out with the Department of Justice on Monday as the trial for the proposed AT&T-TimeWarner merger is set to begin. Here are five key things to know as the trial gets under way.

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If It Is Passed

If approved, an AT&T/Time Warner tie-up would create a telecom and entertainment giant that offers AT&T’s nationwide network with Time Warner’s robust portfolio of popular movies and television programs, including ’Game of Thrones’ on HBO, CNN for live news, and college and professional basketball on TNT.

Telecom industry analysts are predicting that similar to the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger, AT&T, despite its rejection of the claim, would be able to raise prices to competing cable and satellite providers that seek access to its programming, which could pass the higher bills onto their own customers. It could also stop telecom competition from providing free HBO as a way to gain new subscribers, industry pundits say.

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