The Justice Department is investigating how Comcast’s proposed purchase of NBC Universal would affect the Internet video market,reports the Wall Street Journal [Note: THe WSJ is behind a firewall and may charge you to read this artcle.]
The agency’s antitrust unit is looking at whether Comcast and other satellite and cable giants want to lock up distribution rights to TV programming on the Web, potentially hurting competition, the story says.
However, the investigation is unlikely to kill the deal, the story says. But the issue comes as the video market is rapidly changing, with Apple and other companies seeking to provide video over the Internet. The Justice Department is looking at whether Comcast having control over NBCU’s content would make it tougher for online video companies to compete, the story says.