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Media deals become Trump's political targets — again

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Mergers are central to media companies' strategies for competing with tech giants like Google and Netflix, but the merger review process has suddenly become a political football between President Trump and congressional Democrats.

Why it matters: Trump continues to comment on antitrust matters related to media companies he doesn't like, and experts worry the resulting political fray could hinder the Justice Department's ability to independently evaluate mergers. Media companies looking to merge amid an already difficult economic climate now have to consider this reality as a part of their business decisions.

Comcast to create streaming box for broadband-only customers

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Comcast is planning to release a product sometime next year for broadband-only customers to pick and choose certain streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Video, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: The preliminary plans show Comcast is placing a stake in the cable-free audience against Roku and Apple TV. The streaming box is expected to run like a cable box, but would allow customers to rent programming and easily upgrade to another Comcast video package. The price of the unit has not been disclosed.

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