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Comcast to purchase Time-Warner Cable

Discussion in 'Cable TV Discussion' started by Mark Holtz, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Feb 12, 2014 #1 of 100
    Mark Holtz

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    From Business Insider:

    Comcast to purchase Time-Warner Cable
    FULL ARTICLE HERE

    Also being reported by Reuters (through Yahoo), Bloomberg, and MarketWatch.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2014 #2 of 100
    dpeters11

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    Ouch, glad I don't use Time Warner for Internet. Comcast is the one that lets other customers connect using your cable modem, plus the Netflix throttling, etc.

    It's going to be a bit extra painful for ex Insight customers, some of which were in this area. They just dealt with the switchover to Time Warner.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2014 #3 of 100
    dualsub2006

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    That's me, the guy that just made it through the switch from Insight to TWC. And now Comcast.

    This is awful.

    Cincinnati Bell has fiber cabinets all over the place in my area. Hopefully they'll pull it down my street soon.

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  4. Feb 12, 2014 #4 of 100
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    As a current TWC internet customer and former Comcast internet customer I'm sort of happy to see this. At least Comcast has been busy upgrading their networks while TWC's been doing zip,


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  5. Feb 13, 2014 #5 of 100
    TheRatPatrol

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    Doesn't the FCC still need to approve this?

    If they get it, they'll have NY and LA, the #1 and 2 markets. Get ready for CSN-NY (SportsNetNY) and CSN-LA (TWCSN).
     
  6. Feb 13, 2014 #6 of 100
    Mark Holtz

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    If this merger is approved, then what is there to prevent a Dish-DirecTV merger?
     
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  7. Feb 13, 2014 #7 of 100
    HoTat2

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    Same here;

    So what does this mean for me, assuming government regulators allow it, TWC's service (and their weird logo) will disappear for Comcast?

    Or should I prepare myself for a "Comcrap" experience as they're otherwise popularly known?

    Presently have double play with TWC at ~$60.00/mo. for 12/1 internet which has stayed at this speed seemingly forever combined with their digital voice phone service i just signed up for at ~$15.00/mo. at a 1 year introductory rate + another $5.00/mo. for rental on a eMTA telephone modem.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2014 #8 of 100
    1953

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    After completed I'm wondering if the new Comcast could be a truly good techincal and economic alternative to satellite?
     
  9. Feb 13, 2014 #9 of 100
    inkahauts

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    Nothing. There's no way they'd be blocked if they allow comcast to buy Time Warner Cable.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2014 #10 of 100
    inkahauts

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    Uh no. It won't change anything really except increase out costs.
     
  11. Feb 13, 2014 #11 of 100
    john262

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    Every proposed merger is examined on a case by case basis. Some are approved such as Sirius/XM and other such as Dish/Directv were not.
     
  12. Feb 13, 2014 #12 of 100
    James Long

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    Is Comcast merging with Time Warner a reduction in competition? It creates a bigger company which may be able to negotiate better deals but does it reduce competition?

    DISH+DirecTV would be a reduction in competition ... especially in areas without cable and fiber where DISH is the only effective competition for DirecTV (and vice versa).


    The biggest issue I see with the Comcast TWC merger is the same one that faces Comcast today - they are a content provider. The FCC will need to continue to monitor NBC Universial to make sure that the deals they make with Comcast's competitors (DirecTV, DISH and fiber companies) are as fair as the deals that they make with Comcast and cable systems that compete with DirecTV and DISH.
     
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  13. Feb 13, 2014 #13 of 100
    slice1900

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    I'm sure there are areas where only Comcast and TWC compete. If those are the only two cable competitors in an area, that eliminates cable competition. It would be hard to argue that that's not a problem because there's satellite, but two satellite companies couldn't combine in order to compete with a company the size of a Comcast+TWC.

    Sure, there are places where satellite is the only option. But there are people like me, for whom cable is the only option. Trees prevent satellite, not just for me, but pretty much everyone for blocks in any direction, and my telco doesn't offer TV. There is only one cable company in town. I'm no worse off today than people who can only get satellite would be if Dish and Directv combined.
     
  14. Feb 13, 2014 #14 of 100
    Mark Holtz

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    From Variety:

    Comcast To Buy All Of Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Bil Deal
    Deal to unite the nation's two largest cable operators to be unveiled Thursday

    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  15. Feb 13, 2014 #15 of 100
    MysteryMan

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    "Dear Customer, Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse we are informing you that your Time Warner Cable service has been purchased by Comcast, the nation's leading provider of aggravation. Our new name will be Timeless Comcrap. In the weeks ahead we will be notifying you of your new rates. Have a sparkling day!" :sure:
     
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  16. Feb 13, 2014 #16 of 100
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    If this is allowed to happen, then I would anticipate (and, perhaps, expect) something similar with DirecTV and Dish Network.
     
  17. Feb 13, 2014 #17 of 100
    Mark Holtz

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    Both Marketwatch and AP are stating that "Comcast, Time Warner Cable confirm $45.2 billion deal that would create cable giant", but I do not have a linkable article at this time.

    UPDATED! From Marketwatch: Time Warner Cable, Comcast confirm $45 bln deal
     
  18. Feb 13, 2014 #18 of 100
    dpeters11

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    And Comcast is the one that lets other customers connect to the Internet using your cable modem. As far as I have heard, you can't turn it off yourself, you have to call them to connect in and do its are you absolved of all responsibility if a media company comes calling with a lawsuit because of a bit torrent share?


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  19. Feb 13, 2014 #19 of 100
    James Long

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    There are a lot of ifs that would be needed to make that a problem. It would need to be an area with line of sight problems and two cable companies. Two cable companies is not common. Areas that could have two cable companies are good targets for fiber. I'm not going to say "impossible", but can you tell me how many of TWCs customers can get Comcast?

    Unless they are redwoods perhaps you just need more creative installers? For your narrow example a DISH-DirecTV merger would do no harm but do no good. The same would apply to the Comcast-TWC merger. You would still have one cable company.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2014 #20 of 100
    Billzebub

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    Just what we need, the least consumer friendly company in the world getting bigger. This may run into regulatory problems, especially without Arlen Spector to run interference.


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