Discovery Channel Disses Comcast Merger

More opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, leading off the headlines:

Discovery Channel Says No to Comcast Merger: In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission last Thursday, Discovery Communications, which owns Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, wrote that the merger could create monopoly-like conditions in the TV space by giving the combined company unprecedented control over advertising, sports programming, broadband speeds, and what TV shows make it into American homes, at what price. The merger, which would tie the biggest and second-biggest cable companies in the country, “could result in lower quality, less diverse programming, and fewer independent voices among programmers,” the statement said. Discovery is backed by Jon Malone, the billionaire former head of Liberty Media and Comcast CEO Brian Robert’s one-time mentor. (Time)

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Could Time Warner Outage Doom Comcast Merger?

Well, that wasn’t helpful.

With the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable headed back into the spotlight this week, millions of Time Warner customers on Wednesday found themselves without service.

Funny thing: “Outage” is just one letter away from “outrage.”

The Christian Science Monitor explains why that’s a problem for the merger:

Detractors of the proposed deal have said that cable consolidation would be bad for users in an age when access to reliable Internet is essential for everyday life. For this reason, Time Warner’s recent outage has added fuel to an already-simmering fire surrounding a merger between the two companies.

Specifically, critics note that consolidation between these two cable giants would mean even more people could fall victim to problems that arise when something goes wrong – such as a cable outage. With fewer options on the table, subscribers would have little choice should they decide they want a more reliable service.

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Politicians, Competitors Line Up Against Comcast Merger

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A major step in the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger is over. The Federal Communications Commission’s public comment period on the merger ended Monday with 65,000 comments filed, the Inquirer reports — many of them flooding in at nearly the last minute before Monday’s deadline.

It appears a lot of the late-arriving commentary was similar to the earlier stuff: Negative. A roundup of the comment headlines:

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Another Bad Comcast Story. Or Is It?

Another day, another awful Comcast customer service story. Or is it?

BGR reports on the plight of Douglas A. Dixon, who posted a YouTube recording in which he spends 90 minutes on a call, “ in which he was shuffled through a whopping six different customer service representatives, none of whom knew how to solve his problem.”

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The Awful Comcast Customer Service Stories Keep Coming

This couldn’t come at a worse time for Comcast, but its oft-complained-about customer service is becoming a thing.

By this, we mean it’s becoming more than another on the list of everyday life gripes — moaning about Comcast like you do taxes or the weather. No, we mean it’s become part of the zeitgeist: The Internet now seems to be in an active competition to see who can come up with the worst story of bad treatment at the hands of the company’s customer-service reps.

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Comcast Revenues Skyrocket in Second Quarter

It’s good to be the king.

Philly-based Comcast brought in $16.8 billion in revenues during the second quarter of 2014, a 3.5 percent increase over 2013. It did so even though it lost 144,000 cable subscribers nationwide during the quarter — a number offset by the addition 203,000 high-speed Internet subscribers and a 22 percent increase in the company’s increasingly important “business services” offerings.

The company generated 76 cents of earnings per share, compared to 65 cents per share a year ago.

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