Viacom to FCC: 'carefully evaluate' the Comcast-NBCU deal

Viacom (NYSE: VIA), as a media monster that owns Paramount Pictures and cable networks like MTV and the Comedy Channel, might be seen as an "opportunistic competitor" in the words of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton. Or, it might be viewed as yet another industry player worried enough about the impact of a Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)-NBCU merger to voice those concerns to the FCC.

What makes Viacom different is that it's one of the few--if only--big media players to suggest to the regulatory agency that a fatter Comcast might have "increased incentive and ability to impede competition ... by favoring its own content to the detriment of independent programmers," according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.

While Viacom urged the FCC to "carefully evaluate" the deal, those looking for ulterior motives (and who isn't?) suggest that Viacom may be speaking up as a way to encourage Comcast to carry its Epix pay movie channel.

For more:
- see this story

Related articles:
Commerce chairman Upton urges FCC to move ahead with Comcast-NBCU merger decision
Viacom expresses concern over Comcast-NBC Universal deal
TV Everywhere proving a natural fit for EPIX
Comcast-NBCU deal draws huge array of public comments; most seem opposed

Suggested Articles

From dawn to dusk, leading industry research will be shared across a dozen presentations.

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is reportedly planning to leave his position next year, allowing Jeff Snell to take over the chief executive role.

AT&T, Charter and Comcast are ready to turn the page on a historically bad year for video subscriber losses, but 2020 could bring more of the same.