Dish Network is reportedly in talks to pay $6 billion or more to snap up assets from Sprint and T-Mobile as the two carriers try to win regulatory approval for a $26.5 billion merger, which itself faces tough opposition over competition concerns.
In a bid to gain access to Apple's popular iPhone, mobile industry newcomers Charter and Comcast reportedly agreed to somewhat onerous terms that require the cable giants to also sell iPad and Apple TV, some of which are offered with carrier subsidies.
For $15 per month, the Spectrum TV Essentials streaming service will provide more than 60 channels to an Apple TV or iPhone for customers of the company's internet service that don't have a cable television package.
Charter Spectrum is apparently delaying the rollout of two connected features promised for the Apple TV — namely a dedicated cable TV app and support for "zero sign-on," allowing apps to authenticate automatically when connected to a TV provider's internet service.
At the WWDC keynote Monday, Apple announced its first-ever deal with a U.S. cable provider to make Apple TV function as a cable box replacement. But, whether that can happen universally is another matter.
The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which — if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives — will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.
Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.