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DirecTV Files With FCC a Bunch of Concerns About a Comcast Takeover of NBCU

Aug 24, 2010  •  Post A Comment

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."

3 Comments

  1. DirecTV is right. This Comcast deal is going to be terrible for consumers. Especially those who don’t live in a Comcast area. If you aren’t in a Comcast area you are not allowed to get the Philadelphia sports networks. Not a horrible thing, but a great example of how they will manage their monopoly of NBC.

  2. Oksana Grigorieva is trying hard to show DV because if she doesn’t, she can be brought up on charges for illegitimately recording the “tapes” of Mel.

  3. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

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