Comcast/TWC wedding opposition is growing
According to the Post’s Clair Atkinson, the predominant objection to date has been the merged entity getting “most favored nation” status, or an inside track to the best prices with other companies it deals with.
Its control of internet access is one of the areas in which concerns are being raised. Long a concern of Netflix, others are worried about what Comcast might do absent strict regulatory oversight.
The combined Comcast/TWC universe of 33M+ households could make or break program services seeking carriage. If Comcast says no, the entire channel may be a no-go. And even if they are able to establish a presence minus Comcast, their lack of access to those 33M+ homes is going to severely hamper their advertising efforts.
Finally, many believe that Comcast will have too much power when it comes to sports programming. With the NFL, NHL, the Olympics and numerous regional sports channels in its stable, it could be in a position to make onerous demands of one type or another of its competition with denial of carriage its enforcement stick.
RBR-TVBR observation: For the sake of comprehensiveness let’s add the Sinclair objection: That Comcast’s NBC could demand higher reverse compensation of a local NBC affiliate, and then turn around and deny it the cash it needs to pay the higher reverse compensation by playing hardball on local retransmission consent fees. All kinds of mischief are possible when one gigantic powerful company is both the supplier and the distributor for a much smaller company.