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a US appeals court on Tuesday unanimously approved eighteen tease deal to buy Time Warner that's a major blow for the U. S. justice department which in two thousand and seventeen sued to stop the eighty five point four billion dollar merger arguing it would mean higher prices for consumers the DOJ contended eighteen T. which owns direct TV would use ownership of time Warner's content such as H. B. O.'s game of thrones to make rivals be more or it could threaten to black couch Turner's channels tempting customers to drop their current providers and switch to eighteen T. services the government's case came after US president Donald Trump a frequent detractor of time Warner's CNN CNN will be out of business %HESITATION almost out of business now if you look at the right criticize the merger first announced in October two thousand and sixteen , but in Tuesday's ruling the US district judge ripped apart the government's case and routed the merger could proceed with no conditions the deal was seen as a turning point for a media industry that has been upended by companies like Netflix and Google which produce content and sell it online directly to consumers without requiring a cable connection AT and he said it hoped that this routing would end the court fight the justice department had no immediate comment