Comcast + NBC = Real Idiot Box

Yikes!  Thanks to cable (good old competition for the network giants) TV has a few bright spots.  Just about everyone can find at least a few shows to interest and entertain them.  To get those cable channels, though, we must deal with the all-powerful and often abusive cable companies.  They can treat us customers like crap because there are not many alternatives.

For my family right now there is no alternative.  When our one-year Comcast triple-play special ran out earlier this year, I shopped around looking for other deals.  We looked into the Dish network, which is about the only other thing available to us here.  Unfortunately, Comcast owns Versus, the channel that airs the Tour de France and many Penguin hockey games.  If you can even still get Versus through the Dish network, it is very expensive.  And we heard it soon might not even be available through Dish at all.  With this being the case, Dish could charge a dollar a month and I wouldn’t be able to choose them being that Big Daddy plans his vacation around the Tour de France and this entire family bleeds Black and Gold (Go Pens!).

Today I read where our good friend Comcast is looking to buy a hefty chunk of NBC Universal.  One scenario under discussion calls for NBC to be spun off into a separate company with Comcast owning 51% and GE the rest!  How horrible is that!?

Will GE and Comcast soon own the world?  Will Comcast suddenly lose its signal (like it did during the Steelers big playoff game) right when Glen Beck reveals a big political scandal?  Will we be forced to watch Brian William’s smug tunnel-vision version of the news every night?  When another network scores a big coup like exclusive rights to a big game, will Comcast suddenly have technical difficulties?  Does this mean we will have to put up with even more of dim-witted Alec Baldwin’s snarky face?

It just doesn’t seem right that the country’s largest cable TV provider should be able to own any of the stations, and worse yet, one of the biggest.  They will be able to edge out ALL of their competitors once they own the big networks.  If they decided to buy Fox network, does that mean that only Comcast subscribers may someday be the only ones able to watch American Idol?  What happens to all the smaller cable companies, Verizon Fios, Dish subscribers, etc.?  Will they all be at the mercy of Comcast?  We Comcast subscribers know that Comcast has no mercy.

We have antitrust laws in this country to protect consumers from greedy monopolies.  Why doesn’t someone step in to try to prevent this huge attempt to control the media in this country?  Isn’t Comcast already big and powerful enough?

7 Responses to “Comcast + NBC = Real Idiot Box”

  1. 1 Cyndi October 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    We ditched Comcast cable years ago for Dish when our “special” ran out and I called to see what new specials they could offer us. We had been Comcast cable and internet customers for years. The answer? Nothing. Specials are for new customers only. I persisted, reminding them of our years of loyalty. I was finally told I have two options, pay their ridiculous prices or go elsewhere. They don’t give a crap about customers at all. We switched to Dish for cable but still have Comcast for internet, just because it’s more convenient to keep it. But, it bugs the crap out of me that we pay $60/month to them for internet service!

    I agree, this deal would not be good for consumers at all. But, as usual, politicians are as greedy as corporations, they all scratch each others’ backs and I’m sure the antitrust laws will be overlooked.

  2. 3 robinaltman October 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Wow. You’re totally right. That shouldn’t be allowed. The antitrust attorneys must have been bought off.

    There’s a silver lining in this, though. Let’s go buy Comcast stock. Quick!

  3. 5 John Willis November 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Well, the deal is done. Comcast has bought into NBC. What is next we don’t know but I’m not so sure it’s going to be good for us. Sounds like more control and more problems.

  4. 7 Jeanette December 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Good info. Lucky me I found your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have bookmarked it for later!

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