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openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
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reply to 88615298

Re: Watch your cable/sat rates go up even more

said by 88615298:

Now that Comcast can extort money from other cable companies and satellite to either carry NBC or force them to carry( and pay for ) a bunch of bullshit channels or they won't get to have access to NBC
This was happening long before Comcast stepped in. NBC and their affiliates routinely raised rates for pay TV providers. I don't see much changing.

n0ym

join:2004-12-21
Montgomery Village, MD
This was happening long before Comcast stepped in.
Comcast didn't invent media consolidation, and I don't think anyone is saying they did. Of course, it doesn't follow that 1) this merger isn't somewhat unprecedented or 2) it's no big deal and should be allowed, just like all the rest.

Decreased competition and increased media monopolization aren't good things for consumers. The line must be drawn somewhere.