Questions arise after prospect of Time Warner merger

Published May 27, 2015 This content is archived.


Arun Jain, Samuel P. Capen of Marketing Research, is quoted in a story in the Buffalo News about plans by Charter Communications to acquire Time Warner Cable. “That will make them quite big,” he said. “That’s where maybe they can negotiate better prices with networks and HBO and so on. That’s where I believe there will be savings to them. Whether they will pass the savings to consumers, it’s not very obvious to me.” A WBFO-FM story about the merger interviews G. Lawrence Sanders, professor of management science and systems in the UB School of Management. “In the short run, I don’t see any silver lining for consumers,” he said. “I doubt that the merging of Charter and Time Warner will result in lower costs for consumers.” An additional story on WGRZ-TV interviews Christine Bartholomew, associate professor of law, who said it’s too early to tell whether quality of service will go up, but there is potential for that.

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