Comments on news posted 2014-03-03 09:52:40: Comcast has quite a chore ahead of it in order to gain regulatory approval, given concerns about vertical integration, overall reach and concentrated market power when it comes to content licensing. ..
gatorkram Need for Speed Premium join:2002-07-22 Winterville, NC kudos:3
The idea is completely ridiculous. What would be the point of merging two companies to immediately divide back into two companies? The only point could be that one of the companies get all the good assets while the other gets the excrement.
There is no logical reason a merger/division could make any sense. -- dnoyeB "Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard. " Ecclesiastes 9:16
TWC spunoff several Adelphia markets that they didn't want. They became "Windjammer" and then ended up back at TWC and now are part of Zito Media which- in the end is STILL Adelphia just under a new brand but same family.
One could claim the new company could fail and Comcast could pick them back up- or they could have some sort of agreement that BHN has in place with TWC with their ownership stake.
The surely do compete. I don't care so much about the ISP side but Comcast owns NBC and Hulu and Time Warner owns WB and a chunk of ABC. Cable companies love to point the finger at contect companies for higher costs...well, less competition in content companies.....am I the only one seeing this?
Didn't Time Warner split off Time Warner Cable awhile back. So Time Warner still exists - not being bought out by Comcast - with Warner Brothers, ABC, and other content. Time Warner Cable - with phone, Internet, and cable TV service offerings - is a completely different company. -- -Jason Levine
Not sure where you are getting information from, but Time Warner Cable hasn't been part of Time Warner for a while, so they own no part of Warner Bros. And Disney owns 100% of ABC. They do not share any ownership with Time Warner or Time Warner Cable.
Regardless of any personal views on big companies, market power, etc, Comcast has been a solid broadband provider with speeds and quality and with the X1 box, their video service is really innovative..
I for one do not want to be "divested". Keep me on Comcast
Same feeling... I wouldn't mind trading usage CAPS for faster internet speeds and better TV hardware.
If for some reason I get 'divested' that will limit my options and reduce not increase competition. I would have to cancel and go to satellite TV.
Customer service for me is a non issue unless I want do dual date or have a pen pal. I don't care if customer service read scripts or don't speak good English all I want is a service with fast internet speeds and good TV hardware.
2014-Mar-3 2:28 pm: ·
IowaCowboy Iowa native Premium join:2010-10-16 Springfield, MA kudos:1
When AT&T broadband was winding down, not all of their assets went to Comcast. They had the systems in Iowa and Massachusetts but Iowa went to Mediacom and Massachusetts went to Comcast.
Maybe the more rural systems will go to the new company. I'd want Maine to go to Comcast as I may end up with property (possible inheritance) up there and I'd want to keep my E-mail addresses. I'd still use DirecTV for TV though but the line of sight is touchy (as determined by my DishPointer App). I got good view of the 99/101/103 but the 110 and 119 are iffy. I'd just use a SL3 dish and hit the 99/101/103 birds.
I'd rather have grandma though. Property and E-mail addresses are secondary. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
Actually the idea of spinning off some the customers into a separate company is kind of funny since it would probably be about two years before Comcast takes over that company and gets a tax write off in the process. Beautiful! -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
The question is does Comcast/TWC have the $$$ that they would want for them. And the next question is Comcast/TWC and BHN could dissolve what BHN gets from their other parent- TWC so who does BHN go to at that point. BHN could experience some massive problems on both content and HSI if the agreement between TWC and them is voided.
Bright House isn't part of TWC but they share a lot of the same stuff. Same boxes (just different logos) and if I recall correct they share contracts for TV offerings (probably to get better deals on negotiations etc.)
That said, spinning into a new company would be dumb and make it pointless for the merger. The simple fact is no merger should be approved with any company. Too little competition exists already. It's sad really because over seas not really a whole lot of competition neither but they also get faster for 1/4 our cost. Here we have to try to use competition to not get butt rape but yet to get around it they all just merge.
I think in the states too many greedy people get involved is all. No problems with a business making money but you don't need 1000's of people making millions that do nothing.
How about they spin off the ISP side, Content side and the Cable side into different companies being Comcast is walking a very fine line with those already.
It was silly they even let them buy the content side when they are already major owners of the cable side. Now being that content is going the way of ISP's as well, they should have to separate that as well (as should all of them).