Nabbing up NBC is also going to give Comcast the rights to some premiere sporting events like the 2012 Olympics.

Comcast comes to the table with their own portfolio which includes:

  • 25 million television subscribers in 39 of the 50 U.S. States
  • 15 million Internet service customers
  • 6.4 million telephone service accounts. (It’s the 3rd largest phone provider in the U.S..)

Additionally, Comcast owns or partially owns the following networks:

  • CN8,
  • Comcast SportsNet,
  • SportsNet New York,
  • MLB Network Comcast Sports Southeast/Charter Sports Southeast,
  • E! Entertainment,
  • Style Network,
  • G4,
  • Versus,
  • The Golf Channel,
  • AZN Television, and
  • FEARnet. <- One of my personal favorites!

Comcast Is A Focused Business

Comcast is focused on making money. With all of these entities being pulled under the same roof, will we still have variability of choices or do you think they might do what many large corporations do when they absorb other companies? That would be trimming the fat and “reorganizing” the infrastructure.

This had me wondering if we will be seeing some changes at Hulu, as the question about Hulu charging for content had come up in the past.  But Comcast addressed the issue pretty quickly by saying that Hulu will be business as usual. In fact, they said that some new content will appear on the popular internet streaming site and other shows will appear on the Hulu competitor called TV Everywhere. TV Everywhere is something that Comcast, Time Warner and a few other cable companies rolled out last summer.

When all is said and done, I do see Comcast doing some double dipping. Entertainment and sporting programming needs sponsors and advertisers to pay for production. All the while, Comcast can charge their 25 million customers the usual fees for that same programming. Sweet for them.

Will The Customer Reap Any Benefits From NBComcast-Uni?

It’s no mystery that producing entertainment is an expensive endeavor. I have to wonder why GE was selling NBC. Was NBC-Uni falling short financially somewhere? Was the sale necessary for a needed influx of funds to keep going? I’ve seen that a number of times in motorsports when a team sells a stake of their team for just that reason. Sell or go under. If that’s the case, don’t be surprised that when Comcast moves in, some trimming or reorganizing really does take place.

We can’t say for sure without knowing the details of NBC Universal’s true financial plight.

What possible advantages could the consumer see with this joint venture? Movies that come from Universal Studios could become available more readily through video on demand (VOD) services.

Optimally, being a wishful thinker, this could mean that we have movies on VOD at the same time some of these projects come to DVD or even when a project opens in theaters. That should sooth some of our pirate-like readers over on our conversation about Movie Piracy!

Of course with access to recent movies and Comcast providing internet access, I can only guess that we could see content become available on the Internet just like cable’s On Demand. It could be called Net Demand, or On Demand Net! (There, I just coined some phrases before they did. Now they have to pay me if they use my idea!)

I’m personally worried for one of my favored networks, the Syfy Channel. I believe they’re doing alright but I’d hate to see this situation change their scenario in some way. True, it’s not an optimal network but it is my go-to channel in off-hours. But that’s just one tiny aspect in this entire deal.

For now, despite the deal being put together, there is still just one tiny hurdle to defeat for Comcast, and that’s the FCC approval for this entire deal.

There are many critics to this deal and many wonder if the FCC will actually let this deal finalize. That, is something we will find out in time.  I’m on the bubble as to whether this deal should go through.  It could do the consumer good,  or we could lose big time to the momentum of making money in the business of entertainment.

I’d love to hear what Screen Rant readers feel about this deal.

References:  TV Guide Magazine, Business Week (1) (2),, NBC-Uni, Wikipedia (1) (2), CNET, TV Everywhere, Wired

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