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Tuesday
Feb122013

Comcast Buys The Rest Of NBC From GE

Golf Channel's parent company is all in now!

From Yahoo news.

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Better a media monopoly than a bomb builder.
02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Guess my cable rates will be going up again!
02.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Who's the bomb maker Digsouth?
02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterobx
Finally got an HD antenna. Good quality for $69. Watched the Super Bowl and haven't turned the machine back on since. GC is not worth the $175 a month that the complete package eventually costs. Nor is anything else on American teevee (OK, maybe MLB for the team of your dreams). One more thing. In France, broadband at speeds we get only at work, unlimited calls throughout Europe and sometimes the USA, and about 100 teevee channels costs about 35 Euros a month. Lyon has 8 different providers, all private businesses, and they compete. What a freakin' concept.
02.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
OBX--

GE is.
02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The big GE sign atop 30 Rock was turned off on Tuesday night. Now, how about turning off Charlie Rymer?
02.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
GE is/was a primary contractor for America's Nuclear weapon production
02.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTalking Head
Ky,
Long time ago, I put up an antenna, unplugged from Comcast and gave 'em the DVR back. OTA is free, pretty much uncompressed signal, better than my cable, I get lots of channels, see the golf and football I want to see, use the extra time outside.

In addition, I rarely have reason to slag Kelly and the others on golfchannel cause I never see them.

If there's a big game on that espn has stolen from public airwaves, I can stand in my neighbor's yard and watch his big screen through binos.

The only difficult part of the whole cut-the-cable thing was the ordeal I endured giving the DVR back. They interrogated me, negotiated the price down, raised my internet fees and suggested that I was mentally unstable.

But I do get to do a lot more of whatever it is that I do in the golf business.
02.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Kind of sobering to think that Apple could have bought the whole damned network for little more than one quarter's profits.
02.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHod
Network television, as it's been known since the founding of the "national broadcasting company," is all but dead at this point. The networks and studios are all well into the "denial, anger, bargaining, and acceptance" process (the "depression" part is a constant, always to be lived by the "viewer..."). And Comcast is merely positioning for the future, which will be "watch what you want when you want it." Netflix succeeding with "House of Cards" is the latest and biggest shot across the bow yet, wherein a "delivery" company has shown it can also produce content and trust the consumer to consume it as s/he wishes. Comcast is already a behemoth in the delivery infrastructure. Buying NBC or Universal is just adding a theme park and a production warehouse to the actual toll road business of information delivery. And yes, Apple is already well into trying to explode the "television" model as they did with the music model. Those still suffering from cable "packaging" overflow can only hope they succeed before Comcast truly rules, at least in the US.

As for the Golf Channel, the disruption will thankfully get rid of one of the more annoying pieces in the viewer alienation process that is the model for niche cable networks -- namely, the use of 10 to 15 minutes of every hour for "promotion" of what you'll "try" to see some time in the future, whether it's 5 minutes or 5 days (daze...) from now.

Resistance by the "networks" is futile. They will be assimilated.
02.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
OBX, I have been having trouble posting. Sorry, but I see Talking Head ansered (sic). Thanks!
02.13.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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