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Old 05-26-2015, 11:59 AM
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Is the fact that Comcast owns NBC the reason the Comcast-TWC merger was denied? That's the only difference I see here w/ Charter-TWC proposed merger. I would think this would be denied as well.
The big difference that I see is that Comcast was the largest cable provider and TWC was number 2. Charter is number 4 and much smaller and even after the merger will only be number two. Makes it much easier to imagine that it will happen.
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There's Comcast's ownership of Universal Studios and NBC, as well as the immense size a combined Comcast-TWC would have reached (nearly 50% of cable homes passed, and 60% of all broadband Internet subscribers.)

Charter, on the other hand, like TWC, doesn't own any nationally distributed channels, and the combined Charter-TWC-Bright House would still be smaller than Comcast (but big enough to stand up to Comcast and others in programming negotiations).
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Is the fact that Comcast owns NBC the reason the Comcast-TWC merger was denied? That's the only difference I see here w/ Charter-TWC proposed merger. I would think this would be denied as well.
It was denied because of that and because it was #1 and #2 merging into one. In this case, it is #4 buying #2 . I would be pretty shocked if it isn't allowed.
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There's Comcast's ownership of Universal Studios and NBC, as well as the immense size a combined Comcast-TWC would have reached (nearly 50% of cable homes passed, and 60% of all broadband Internet subscribers.)

Charter, on the other hand, like TWC, doesn't own any nationally distributed channels, and the combined Charter-TWC-Bright House would still be smaller than Comcast (but big enough to stand up to Comcast and others in programming negotiations).
The new charter-twc-brighthouse would be a close #2 to comcast. Would they stop the new Charter Conglomerate from buying cablevision (who wants to sell) and becoming #1 ?
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