[opendtv] Re: Does Netflix/Comcast Deal Remove Obstacle To TWC Merger? - Forbes

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:03:43 +0000

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> Hmmmmm...
> It sure seems like Comcast is giving favorable treatment to Netflix...

You don't even know what the deal is! Nor what other bandwidth hogs are 
getting. In the recent past, Netflix and all the others are getting the same 
sweet deal. I can ONLY see where Netflix will end up paying more, being the 
biggest bandwidth hog of the bunch. How much more is the only question.

> But this is completely fair if everything is even handed. Who determines
> what is fair?

The courts, if it comes to that. What do you think the MVPDs do now, Craig, 
when they have to deal with congloms? Why pretend that a network with a whole 
lot more competition in it, i.e. the Internet, would be worse than the walled 
gardens you are slaved to now?

> The telcos just moved their oligopoly pricing model to the far more
> relevant wireless business, by no surprise, at a time when they started to
> have competition from the cable companies in the landline phone business.
> And the ridiculous cost for long distance went away when the FCC broke up
> MA Bell allowing competition...

Exactly. So, moving your subscription TV packages from the monopolistic MVPD 
walled garden to multiple Internet OTT sites, will have the same effect.

You seem to go off on your customary libertarian tirades, but I can't see why. 
Breaking up the MVPD walled gardens can only be a good thing for consumers, at 
least you should think so. But at the same time, this doesn't mean that 
businesses should not pay for the costs they create. Surely, you're not going 
to champion the socialist cause all of a sudden?


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