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Are you worried about the Comcast-NBC venture?

Federal regulators on Tuesday approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation's biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider. Together, the companies have 16.7 million broadband subscribers, about 23 million cable customer and dozens of lucrative channels such as USA, Bravo, MSNBC and CNBC.

By Ryan Kellett  |  January 18, 2011; 6:55 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I'd be pretty worried if there were any programs from NBC worth watching. If Comcast decides to be the sole provider of NBC programming, I'll bet a lot of people will abandon NBC programming altogether.

Posted by: PartedOne | January 19, 2011 8:12 AM

When NBC took over the Weather Channel the results were negative.

Now if this takeover would result in cafeteria style choices in cable and satellite it would be a different story.

What ever happened to anti-trust law?

Posted by: Bartolo1 | January 19, 2011 8:37 AM

So much for illegally downloading a NBC Universal owned movie on Comcast. They will come down on you hard including ending your service and maybe even legal action.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | January 19, 2011 8:50 AM

Doesn't matter to me. Comcast does not provide my internet service or cable. If hypothetically they bought Cox, I can call up Verizon and FiOS is in the next day or so. If they buy both Verizon and Cox, there are Satellite choices, and even Google is in on the global satellite internet. In ten years in may be adequate and further in the future, it may be blazing fast and free. The only thing this does is slightly slow down the beast that is Google. It WILL be that internet will be free. Cable, phone, and the like will be demonitized. This is just a short-term step Comcast can make while their industry still exists. The programming rights are the only thing they have worth anything long term in this deal.

Posted by: NovaMike | January 19, 2011 9:20 AM

NBC screwed-up the Weather Channel (how could you fire Dave Schwartz?), Comcast will screw-up NBC. It's a good thing I don't have cable or watch NBC.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 19, 2011 11:20 AM

This merger goes well beyond just television shows on NBC, USA and Syfy networks. The merger gives Comcast more incentive to limit bandwidth for everything except its content and other networks willing to pay for better service. Their experiment with limiting bitTorrent was only the beginning. Even if you are on FIOS, as I am, this merger spells trouble for the consumer in the long run.

Posted by: blbower | January 19, 2011 2:59 PM

Goodbye NBC - it was nice knowing you.

Not a surprise really, as the Feds reward greed and incompetence over consumer protection on a daily basis.

I feel sorry for those of you who now work for Comcast - as I am sure they will apply the same management expertise to NBC operations as they do to their cable network - where they have consistently been voted one of the worst companies in America.

Posted by: ThrityYearResident | January 19, 2011 3:31 PM

Ah, the smacking of yet another closet monopoly. How quickly we forget the uprising over "MaBell". Just because a parent company couches their involvement with a "separate" business division, doesn't mean that they won't start reigning in control.

Hello Mr. Murdoch, hope you like how your business practices are being emulated by obsequious sicophants.

Posted by: winlockcoed | January 20, 2011 12:18 PM

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