Beware the Attack Basset
Perhaps, but I get a nagging feeling that there must still be something to the narrow distribution of Comcast's Philadelphia and Houston sports channels (other than team performance) that is related to Comcast making greater than reasonable demands. There have also been some accusations aimed at TWC regarding the LA RSN market. It is possible that this is just sour grapes but it does make me wonder.The "problem" seems to be more of a threat that is perceived by people with a chicken little attitude than a reality.
I don't think this would fly in the current environmentAT&T could make it more difficult for their subscribers to access Peacock's servers to try to hurt Comcast ... but they are getting out of the content business so they will no longer be competing content company to content company. Except for zero rating data (charging data for using Peacock but not their service) it is in AT&T's best interest not to play silly games blocking or throttling other company's content.
Peacock Plus streaming is free for Comcast customers. It didn't coincide with a rate change, they just decided to throw it in. This would only be an issue if what NBC Universal charges Comcast is significantly less than what they might charge AT&T to be able to offer "free" Peacock and I'm not entirely convinced that isn't the case. It is also possible that AT&T wasn't interested but I think the sports channels (CSN Philly and CSN Houston) are a better example.Comcast has made it easier to get Peacock via Xfinity (discounted service and one free streaming box for each broadband subscriber) but they have not locked Peacock streaming content to "Xfinity only" or imposed any unreasonable conditions.