DirecTV is now on-the-record opposing Comcast’s takeover of NBC Universal, Wayne Friedman over at MediaDailyNews reports.
According to the article, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, DirecTV says, " ‘the transaction would permit Comcast to raise prices for NBC programming’ to its TV rivals.
"It offers up one major example: Comcast has withheld selling Philadelphia regional sports networks to its rivals for over a decade, ‘even though [the network] had significant minority partners in that entity.’ "
Furrthermore, the article says DirecTV fears that a Comcast-NBCU "could give itself high-end HD or 3D programming and sell standard-definition programming to rival programming service competitors.
"It could also ‘make online NBCU content available to its own systems in an earlier window than would be available to competitors.’ DirecTV believes Comcast could also provide NBCU programming at a faster, higher-quality online data rate, selling other programming at lower-level quality."