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. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 18 Jan 2011 @ 10:33pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I think the "video singles" is as unlikely as the broadcast networks surviving forever."

    Yeah, and what do you call law and order on iTunes?

    "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."

    uTorrent now has 100,000,000 - thats 100 million users and is promoting video and music. Face Book has 500,000,000 - thats 500 million users with 700 million this time next year, indie music and video are beginning to show up there. Vodo, YouTube, iTunes, google. Talk about eyeballs, the totals are in and its way over half the internet with just the companies I mentioned.

    Welcome to the future. Its all about incremental changes leading to a cascade, or catastrophic failure of incumbents.

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

    High prices, crappy programming, limited choice on your channels based on packages, restrictions on everything you do, poor service, limited bandwidth, throttling, etc, etc, etc.

    "GE (not GW) is smart and hedging their bets, comcast is playing the "we own the wires" game that will likely play out well."

    While I agree GE is hedging their bets. They know what is coming for the content industry. The rest of your statement is how ever crap.

    Here is contents really big problem, "We are a monopoly and you have no choice", Leads to inovation and change. I will give you one huge example.

    Netflix is not afraid of bandwidth caps ...

    Recently I saw an nvidia tesla card turn a compressed 68 meg file into full screen 1080p in real time.

    Everything in the nvidia mini supercomputer (HPC) class ends up in consumer products about 2 years later due to Moore's law. Which states "The number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years."

    There are three curves, real time decompression ratio, download limits in Mb, and average user usage in Mb. Which means. The cable companies can not place caps low enough to prevent the video revolution that is coming without pissing off and loosing customers.

    "All the rickrolls in the world still don't add up to a single hour of broadcast TV, which is significant."

    Pioneer One on Vodo. Nuff said.

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