AT&T/T-Mobile Deal. CableFAX examines the myriad implications of Wed’s DOJ filing of an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed $39bln acquisition of T-Mobile. On whether Google and Motorola Mobility should worry about their deal in light of the DOJ’s suit, Thomson Reuters’ Alison Frankel says there’s no need.
Hulu Abroad. While Hulu readies for a sale, accepting informal bids from companies such as Yahoo, Amazon and Google, the company has announced the official launch of its first international market: Japan. In addition, it announced a deal with CBS Corp. to make some of the broadcaster’s shows available for subs in Japan. View the release here.
Netflix In Effect. Today’s the day the new Netflix pricing goes into effect, Deadline reminds us. No longer will subscribers get unlimited streaming and 1 mailed DVD for $9.99 a month. Prices are up 60% for those who continue that service.
Sony Vs. Apple. According to Bloomberg, Sony Corp. claims it will enter the tablet game with a product to rival Apple’s iPad, and it’ll impress buyers with music and movies. At IFA, Berlin’s annual consumer electronics fair, Sony’s CEO Howard Stringer presented tablets that will run on Google’s Android system and integrate Sony’s video, gaming, music and digital book products.
DirecTV Checks In. AdWeek takes a look at a new partnership between social TV startup Miso and DirecTV, which lets subs sync up a Miso iPhone app to set-top boxes. Viewers can then “check-in” to watching TV programs.