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Press Release

PTC on AT&T “Skinny Bundle”: Not Enough to Answer Anti-Competitive Concerns for Time Warner Merger

By: Kelley Oliver

Release Date: 4/20/2018

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2018) – The Parents Television Council issued a statement in response to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s announcement that the company will offer a “skinny bundle” of programming as a lower-cost video package that would, in theory, benefit consumers. Last week, the PTC called on AT&T to unbundle its DirecTV programming packages in order to secure regulatory approval for its proposed merger with Time Warner.

“AT&T’s skinny bundle is the latest distinction without a difference from the cable and satellite industry. Unless and until AT&T allows consumers to decide for themselves which networks they want to purchase, its skinny bundle answer to anti-competitive concerns should be rejected by the regulatory bodies as much ado about nothing,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“The one upside to AT&T’s revelation yesterday is that they’re now on the record suggesting that they could unbundle if they wanted to. The programmers are already on a path to distributing their content directly to the consumer. Distributors like DirecTV are facing their own demise if they don’t give consumers real choice. Doing so would obviate anti-competitive concerns and lead directly to regulatory approval of AT&T’s desired merger with Time Warner.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.