AT&T completes acquisition of DirecTV

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Commission requires that AT&T-DIRECTV retain both an internal company compliance officer and an independent, external compliance officer that will report and monitor, respectively, the combined entity’s compliance with all conditions of the merger.

AT&T completes acquisition of DirecTV just days after the Department of Justice gave it the green light. The deal was helped by the FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler who recommend its approval. FCC may have voted to approve the $49 billion AT&T / DirecTV merger but it placed a few conditions. The set of conditions are in place for only four years. One of the requirements is for AT&T to expand its fiber network, hook up gigabit internet to eligible locations and provide affordable standalone internet for low-income customers in its service areas. AT&T’s must also address its data usage caps. It will no longer be able to discriminate against other video services. AT&T will also have to disclose all its interconnect agreements. So those deals Netflix does not want anyone to know about will be out in the open soon enough. It will be up to the FCC to monitor the terms. In case you were wondering there will be no Sunday Ticket for U-verse but on the flip side your rates won’t go up. There will be new cross-bundles are coming soon to both parties.

FCC conditions:

Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment. Recognizing that the merger reduces AT&T-DIRECTV’s incentive to deploy FTTP service, the Commission adopts as a condition of this merger the expansion of FTTP service to 12.5 million customer locations.… Read the rest

Pixar takes CGI to the next level with The Good Dinosaur

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What if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs 65 million years ago missed Earth? And what if humans and dinosaurs evolved along side each other?

Pixar takes CGI to the next level with The Good Dinosaur. We know they have great stories that tug at our heart-strings. However they are first and foremost an animation studio. The company that Steve Jobs built is at it again. They already made one of the best movies ever. Inside Out was one of the studio’s best display of story and visuals since Toy Story. They hope to replicate that formula come November 25, with The Good Dinosaur. Pixar’s photorealistic CGI in the trailer looks phenomenal. If they do that for a whole film. It will soon become difficult to decide what category to put these films in. Pixar based the environments in the film on real locations from around the world. With great visuals something has to give. It seems it maybe the acting. Rumor has it that the movie is very low on speaking parts. However a trade of dialog for incredible visuals maybe worth it in the end. Besides how much talking could a dinosaur and human do anyway. The movie ask and answers a simple question. What if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs 65 million years ago missed Earth? And what if humans and dinosaurs evolved along side each other?

The main focus of the movie is not the human but rather a Apatosaurus named Arlo who’s separated from his family.  … Read the rest

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