by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 9th 2010 6:49pm
I've said from the beginning that I really don't understand all of the complaints about the Comcast/NBCU merger. It's the modern equivalent of AOL/Time Warner, which really only served to hasten people to move away from crappy old solutions. So, when I see a report claiming that the end result will mean higher prices for consumers as NBC jacks up its rates, I'm still not convinced this is a bad thing. As we've seen, there's a growing trend towards people cutting the cord on cable (even if the cable folks are in denial about this). Having prices shoot up even higher seems only likely to hasten the inevitable. You can't raise prices indefinitely if there's real competition -- and the problem is that the TV companies still don't believe (or simply don't realize) that there's increasing competition every day. If NBCU/Comcast really does lead to higher prices, it'll likely also lead to more subscribers realizing that there are alternatives as well.
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