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Other packages would include family friendly lineups, a music package and a news talk package, both for $9.99. Customers happy with their existing service would continue to pay $12.95 per month.

Consumer groups have opposed the merger.

Chris Murray, senior counsel at Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, called the announcement an “interesting positive development.” However, he said, the merger of the two companies would still result in a monopoly, which he thinks would ultimately be bad for consumers.