Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article about he intense scrutiny Comcast is under for its purchase of NBC. An excerpt for Comcast’s filing stated:
“Comcast, on the other hand, argues that Internet video won’t be a direct competitor to cable any time soon, removing any incentive for it to cut off online competitors’ access to NBC content.”
Hmm… read my blog post last December about internet TV. Since then, I rarely watch commercial TV (network or cable) – the exception being the occasional evening newscast to get more on a news alert alert over the Internet.
I hope that the Justice Department, or the FCC, is not bamboozled by Comcast’s characterization of this disruptive trend. The opportunities, and competition, by this new source of entertainment are endless – and a major innovation. Having Comcast/NBC universal impact this phenomena (through either the loss of content, or some form of network control) would be a classic example of old-line firms protecting their interests with old technology approaches.
My viewing experience and choices keep on getting better, sans cable-delivered TV Networks and Comcast on-demand, but with Comcast High Speed Internet Access. Ahhh… the problems of being a content provider AND a network provider…