Time Warner Inc.'s attorneys launched a withering attack on the US.
On the fifth day of the Justice Department's Antitrust Trial to Stop the Deal, Time Warner said the US's expert estimates were disconnected from real-world data, and even got a government witness from Comcast Corp. to back the companies' argument on cross-examination.
Time Warner attorney Peter Barbur on Thursday questioned the government's estimate that pay-TV providers would loose about 1
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor John Hauser is the author of the study. Warner went dark on Dish Network Corp. When questioned by Barbur, he acknowledged that he did not use data from actual programming blackouts. in 2014. A Dish executive said 30,000 subscribers, or less than 1 percent of its total.
"I believe my numbers are accurate," Hauser said.
The Justice Department is presenting its case that AT & T's takeover Warner programming to pay-TV distributors, which in turn would raise prices for consumers. Berkeley economist Carl Shapiro.
Hauser tested that pay-TV companies the number is rising to 12 percent after a year. Barber pointed out that Hauser's survey methods were criticized the overseas intellectual property litigation between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.
Greg Rigdon, an executive vice president of content acquisition for Comcast Corp. Hauser's analysis.
Rigdon thus contradicted the centerpiece of the government's case: that in acquiring time warner
"You do not actually think that's going to happen, do you?" Time Warner lawyer Kevin Orsini asked.
"I do not have any Turner, Rigdon said.