GE Buys Out Vivendi: Clears way For Comcast/NBC Deal

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    Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    Not surprised. It's NBComcastic!
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    JM Anthony

    JM Anthony Child of the 60's DBSTalk Gold Club

    Nov 16, 2003
    If Obama's boys have any cojones, that one won't happen.

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    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    If you think NBC's ratings are low now...:D
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    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    And Philly becomes the center of the TV universe.

    (PS - We still don't get CSN-Philly in Philly)
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    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Hmmmm....that reminds me.....anyone seen the movie 2012 yet? :lol:

    But on a lighter this all plays out will indeed be interesting. NBC Universal has a number of "components" within that organization, and Comcast would likely already have strategic plans in place as to how to deploy, divest, or change the current group before making this purchase attempt.

    Then there's the regulators....who knows what that will bring.

    I suspect this won't be finalized for some time to come.
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    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Don't overlook the word "tentative". Vivendi is still posturing and reminds everyone that the window of opportunity closes if a deal isn't final by December 10th.
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    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    Oh, well, I'm gonna' miss USA and SYFY. No Comcrap in my area, so when they yank those channels from DirecTV, I'll be without. Of course, there's always Hulu, but then knowing Comca$t, they'll put that behind a pay wall too.
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    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA
    It's called fancast :nono2:
  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I will simply say, as I have before, that the day they start charging for hulu will be the day I uninstall hulu desktop from my computer. Period.
  11. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    Well, Philadelphia was the center of the teenager's TV universe in the late 1950s and early 1960s; "American Bandstand".:)

    As lows as NBC has fallen, this may be an improvement. Also, maybe the variety will increase on the NBC/Universal owned cable channels. The 8 hour daily marathon programming is old and tired. Chiller, which showed promise, succumbed to the marathon scheduling earlier this year. And maybe Comcast might change the name of "SyFy" back to "SciFi" and drop Tuesday wrestling.. And maybe USA will add more programming to compete with TNT.

    While this will be an end of an era going back to the early 1920s for NBC. With the creation of the NBC Blue and NBC Red Radio Networks. This merger/purchase (if it is allowed to happen) would be logical. Time Warner owns a number of cable systems and cable channels, so there is a precedent. Finally, General Electric has been starving the entertainment unit for years, so Comcast may be a better fit.
  12. Justin23

    Justin23 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I think I read somewhere that the Comcast division that will control NBC/Universal is going to be separate from that side of Comcast that is a TV provider.


    EDIT: The quote from the link in the first post of this thread: "At least in theory, Comcast-NBC Universal will be a company separate from Comcast’s cable assets."
  13. bicker1

    bicker1 Hall Of Fame

    Oct 21, 2007
    There is no merit in that assertion. There is nothing about this deal that would be worthy of any significant amount of administration concern. It's simply trading one big company (GE) for another (Comcast).

    There is no reason, whatsoever, to think that DirecTV will lose the ability to provide USA or Syfy. As a matter of fact, if Comcast does do something unfair in that regard, that is when the administration may see fit to step in.

    On the other hand, DirecTV may decide, itself, that it no longer want to provide you USA or Syfy, even though it has the fair ability to provide them for you. If that occurs (i.e., if the administration sees no unfairness, with regard to Comcast's offering), then blame DirecTV.

    That day is coming. There is no business case for offering Hulu for free forever.

    Good points.

    Not at all. Remember, GE has only owned NBC since 1986. Comcast's acquisition of NBC from GE is no different than GE's acquisition of RCA from GE.

    Good points.

    That's for certain. I've also read that Comcast may sell the OTA broadcast network and O&O stations, just keeping UMS and the cable networks, so the core of what has been NBC since 1926 would not only be kept intact, but wouldn't even be part of Comcast. As such, many of the expressed fears would be totally unfounded.
  14. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Where does GE sell programming to consumers? It's not the same as one big company selling it to another when that other big company is the largest pay tv provider in the US. I don't care if they hide it behind a shell division. Regulators will have to get involved. Just like when Newscorp bought controling rights to DirecTV. They had to have stipulations on the programming networks they had at that time.
  15. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA
    The only hope I’m holding out for is NetFlix getting HULU on the ROKU :)
  16. Santi360HD

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    wait till DTV yanks USA and SYFY when they come due and claim it in our best interests like the message says on VS. lets see how far that cliche will fly..
  17. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    Even though this is a joint venture and not a direct buyout, does the FCC still have to approve this?
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Icon

    Nov 14, 2006
    Everyone is missing the most important question....what happens to 30 Rock? Will Jack stop selling mircowaves now?
  19. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    More people watch the SyFy channel and USA Network by accident, then watch Vs. on purpose.
  20. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    bicker1, I stand corrected on the GE/RCA reference.

    The following link provides a brief history of NBC:

    It covers early radio, the formation of the Red and Blue Radio Networks, "The Chimes" (G-E-C), the World War II "Four Chime" sequence (G-E-C-G), experimental television, the start of the NBC TV network, the end of the NBC radio network, and the acquisition by GE.

    It is good reading now that an era is passing. Also, take a trip down New York Memory Lane here: (the end of WNBC 660 AM).

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