Comcast will definitely wield a lot of power after this merger.
I think the regulators will definitely look at Comcast's entire holdings prior to making a decision. If anything, they may place additional restrictions and/or requirements similar to what happened when Comcast took over NBC in regards to conflicts of interest and ensuring they "play fair" in regards to their programming. At the very least, they could extend the existing measures put in place beyond the timelines initially set forth by the DOJ during the NBC merger. I think it was seven years?
Although how much weight such measures will have will be academic, at least over the long run when those measures expire (they don't usually last long) and/or the other changes occur over time that allow them to make changes outside of those measures even if it against the spirit of the law/measure (i.e., loopholes).
But the dangers of Comcast using exclusive NBC programming as leverage over other carriers will definitely grow. Whether it's by withholding it and trying to get people to switch or charging a ton for it, they really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
Edited by Bambler, 13 February 2014 - 09:07 PM.