As Expected, FCC Says Okay To Comcast/NBC Universal Deal

from the the-conditions-matter dept

As was widely expected, the FCC today approved the Comcast/NBC Universal merger with some conditions. The Justice Department still has to give its okay too, but everyone expects that to happen shortly. The full details aren't yet clear, but from some reports it looks like the "conditions" are pretty vague concepts on program carriage and support for non-discrimination, without an explicit requirement. None of this is surprising. I still think critics of this deal may have overreacted, as I still expect the combined company to continue to blunder its way forward.
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Filed Under: conditions, merger
Companies: comcast, nbc universal

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2011 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re:

    Careful with the camel, because it just wants to hump.

    I think the "video singles" is as unlikely as the broadcast networks surviving forever. But it is clear, there will also be aggregator brands that will have to sift through the trash to find you the gold. NBC / CBS / ABC / USA are just as good as anyone else on that level.

    It is also clear that without assured mass markets, content production at high levels will drop off dramatically, at least in the short term. TV networks still can put 8 - 25 million eyeballs onto a single program, which nothing else can do. All the rickrolls in the world still don't add up to a single hour of broadcast TV, which is significant.

    Things don't move until there is a reason to, and so far, there is little reason.

    GW is smart and hedging their bets, comcast is playing the "we own the wires" game that will likely play out well.

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