Time Warner, Inc.; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Tele-Communications, Inc.; and Liberty Media Corporation

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In the Matter of Time Warner, Inc.; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Tele-Communications, Inc.; and Liberty Media Corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

9610004

Docket Number:

C-3709

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

Final consent order requiring the restructuring of the acquisition of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. settles antitrust concerns that the acquisition would restrict competition in cable television programming and distribution. The order requires Tele-Communications, Inc., the nation's number one cable operator, to divest its interests in Turner; reduces contractual agreements between TCI, Turner and Time Warner to carry certain programming; reduces opportunities for bundling programming; prohibits price discrimination against competing cable systems; and requires Time Warner's cable systems to carry a rival news channel to compete with CNN.

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