Comcast, feds huddle on merger

Sides meet to discuss possible conditions for approval of NBC U union

Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger.

The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near.

Discussed were potential conditions related to online video distribution, broadband Internet services and Hulu, according to a filing with the FCC.

The FCC and Justice Dept.’s Antitrust Division, which must greelight the proposed deal, are expected to address concerns about online video competitors’ ability to get access to Comcast’s Internet platform and Comcast or NBC U’s video content.

NBC Universal owns about 30% of Hulu, and Comcast has its own online video venture, Xfinity.

Among those who attended the Dec. 8 meeting were Comcast exec VP David Cohen, NBC U general counsel Rick Cotton, the FCC’s Edward Lazarus and the Justice Dept.’s Joseph Matelis. Also present were John Read and David Kully from the Justice Dept.’s Litigation III section.

More TV

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode

    TV Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Closes on Low Note

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

  • Dish Network

    Dish Urges Subscribers to Vent Frustrations to CBS Local Advertisers as Blackout Drags On

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

  • Russell Simmons

    Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

  • Stranger Things

    France Sees VOD Subscriptions Surge by 40%, Driven by Netflix

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

  • Charlie Rose Sexual Harassment

    Three CBS Employees Say Charlie Rose Sexually Harassed Them

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

  • David Cassidy'Once In A Lifetime' concert

    Celebrities Remember David Cassidy: 'Love and Mercy to David'

    Comcast and NBC Universal executives met last week with officials from the FCC and the Dept. of Justice to talk about conditions expected to be placed on the companies’ proposed merger. The meeting may be a signal that a resolution of the government’s review of the transaction is near. Discussed were potential conditions related to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content