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December 4, 2009

Five Things to Watch in the NBC / Comcast Deal

Filed under: NBC, the biz — petertypingfaster @ 5:15 pm

The Daily Beast has an interesting look at five issues the NBC / Comcast deal raises. It’s worth a read, but here are the bullet points.

What about NBC?

This deal was always more about the cable properties than the over-the-air elements. While things might change in the future, at the moment Comcast is making all the right noises when it comes to keeping NBC a traditional free, over-the-air broadcaster.

What about Jay Leno?

Comcast wants NBC to do well and win some demographic battles. With Leno at 10pm that’s not going to happen. The experiment will come to an end, though whether it happens sooner or later is anyone’s guess.

What happens with Conan?

Conan’s numbers have been crashing. There’s been a lot of talk of Leno taking back his original spot. No one’s really sure how it’s going to play out, but there’s little doubt that the situation’s pretty f*cked and something’s gotta give.

What about Jeff Zucker?

Jeff Zucker being named CEO was a bit of an industry head scratcher, though there’s been some recent speculation that he did so because of pressure from GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Short term it looks like Zucker’s there to stay, but a lot of people aren’t sure how long he’s going to stick around.

What about Universal Pictures?

This is probably the diciest part of the deal. Comcast has no history working in features, and they have a lot of interests that are in direct competition with the way movie studios have operated for years. Comcast would like to stream on-demand movies to their subscribers much earlier than studios are willing to let them. It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out.

The full article is well worth the read, though the only way we’ll get any answers long term is to wait and see.


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