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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Gensler Will Design New Comcast Tower’s Interior (RENDERINGS)

Photo credit: Gensler

Photo credit: Gensler

A Monday press release has announced Gensler, a global architectural and design firm headquartered in San Francisco, will be working with Foster + Partners and Daroff Design Inc. to design the interior of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.

Among Gensler’s accolades are the Architecture Firm Award, presented to them in 2000 by the AIA, and the Corporate Design Excellence Award, given to them by the IIDA in 2013, 2012, and 2011.

According to the press release, the collaboration is meant “to create a functional, aesthetic, sustainable and progressive interior environment that will effectively integrate with the architectural design of the building” at 18th and Arch. LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is sought for the interior.

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Interview: The David to Comcast’s Goliath

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Is Patrick Gottsch the David to Comcast’s Goliath?

He’s certainly making the attempt. Gottsch is the founder of RFD-TV, an Omaha-based television network that features shows like American Farmer, Classic Tractor Fever, and Corn College TV in the lineup. And ever since Comcast dropped the channel from its cable lineup in Colorado and New Mexico last year, Gottsch has been a thorn in Comcast’s side.

That’s been particularly true during Comcast’s attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable. Gottsch rallied his viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission with thousands of short missives pleading that RFD be restored to the Comcast lineup.

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