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Comcast promised not to raise prices—guess what happened next

Comcast offered customers in Utah a “lifetime” price guarantee in order to compete against Google Fiber, then later violated the lifetime promise by raising those customers’ prices, according to a lawsuit pending in a federal court. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2IdF99u

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A Dutch YouTuber and his friend were arrested and jailed when they tried getting near Area 51

The two pleaded guilty to trespassing and illegal parking, both misdemeanors, Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia said. They were sentenced to a year in jail. But that sentence was suspended and the two will spend a total of three days in the county jail if they pay a fine of $2,280 each on Thursday — when they’re scheduled to be released. – Christina Maxouris, CNN » https://cnn.it/30vaw5A

AT&T sued for allegedly inflating DirecTV Now numbers with fake accounts

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The suit – which was filed by investor law firms Pomerantz and Labaton Sucharow in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York – accuses AT&T of lying to investors about the success of its virtual MVPD. It called AT&T TV Now “unreliable and prone to technical flubs, was of only marginal interest to AT&T customers, and, in a misguided attempt to compete with other content providers, was priced so low that it could not generate meaningful revenue to the company.” – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2AuaccA

Trump Wants the Government to Investigate Obama’s Netflix Deal

It’s not clear why Trump might think Obama’s post-presidency ventures are worth investigating. But they have proven lucrative: The former president and former first lady Michelle Obama inked the reportedly “high-8-figure” deal with Netflix and a joint book deal reportedly worth $65 million. The Obamas have launched a number of projects with Netflix already, including a documentary about a factory opening in Ohio and a drama about post-WWII New York. – Tim Marcin, VICE News » https://ift.tt/30ltmvV

TV Giants Say Forcing Cable Companies to Sell “À La Carte” Violates First Amendment

One law, L.D. 832, attempts to force cable operators into providing the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, on an individual basis. Meaning, not only would citizens of Maine have the ability to say “yes” to ESPN while saying “no” to ESPN2, but they’d have the ability, for example, to only purchase NFL Monday Night Football without any of ESPN’s other shows. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2LRArPA

Piracy App ‘CotoMovies’ Shuts Down, Apologizes, and Exposes Users

Popular movie piracy app CotoMovies has shut down following legal pressure. The app’s developer has now issued an apology to filmmakers while urging former users to switch to legal services instead. To assist filmmakers in their enforcement efforts, CotoMovies states that it will transfer user data to the copyright holders, who plan to sue some. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2ZVWtK7

NYC is suing T-Mobile for allegedly selling used phones as new and using other shady tactics

According to the city, T-Mobile and its subsidiary Metro, as well as other authorized dealers, “preyed on consumers” through several tactics. After a year-long investigation, the city says it obtained evidence that, in at least 21 instances, T-Mobile and Metro sold used phones to consumers who paid for new ones and regularly overcharged customers. – Colin Lecher, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2UFyKc3

Netflix seeks Turkish licence as new online video rules kick in

In order to comply with the rules, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service will set up a local office and pay 0.5% of revenue generated in Turkey to the government, Reuters reported. The new licence is key to the company being able to continue operating in Turkey, as well as complying with the as yet unpublished RTUK guidelines. – Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2UvuMm4

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