Cable Giant Comcast deal for NBC Universal creates media & entertainment powerhouse

Posted on December 4, 2009. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cable giant Comcast has purchased a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation’s largest cable TV operator control of the NBC network, including broadcast, internet, cable channels and a major movie studio.
This will change the media and entertainment landscape forever. It has the potential to speed the time from theater to other platforms. It also begs the question: How will this affect satetlite TV as cable’s leading competitor?
Does this give Comcast too much power?

Indeed, when the deal clears regulatory and other hurdles, Comcast would rival the heft of The Walt Disney Co. – this means Comcast CEO Brian Roberts can give up trying to buy Disney.

Comcast, who delivers cable to a quarter of all U.S. households that pay for TV gains control of the NBC broadcast network, the Spanish-language Telemundo and about two dozen cable channels, including USA, Syfy and The Weather Channel. It also gets internet media properties, regional sports networks, Universal Pictures and theme parks.

In agreeing to buy 51 percent of NBC Universal from General Electric Co. (GE), The company succeeds in combining distribution and content in a next generation way. They would be wise not to follow the Time-Warner model. Time Warner is undoing their cable and content combination. Time Warner has already jettisoned its cable TV operations.

Comcast made the deal because it is eager to be a much bigger player in media and entertainment while adding more breadth to its portfolio. The threats from online video and more aggressive competition from satellite and phone companies that offer subscription TV services was very real and scary to them.

For entertainment viewers, we are not sure what this means. There is no question that it will not slow down the fast paced movement to media and entertainment everywhere, anytime on any capable device.
Comcast will probably continue and expand letting subscribers watch cable TV shows online.

The problem we all worry about is that the consuming public could end up paying more for TV.
In the new Media and Entertainment world order Comcast, subscription-TV operators like DirecTV and Verizon Communications Inc.’s FiOS service would be negotiating with a direct rival on how much they pay to carry NBC Universal’s cable and broadcast channels. This can not be good for consumers. Fees are already creeping up. In some segments of our economy and unfortunately more and more, cable has simply become unaffordable.

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Politics and Social Media…….The Next Level

Posted on July 21, 2009. Filed under: Politics and Social Media, Social Media, Social Media Analysts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Politicians have taken to social media of late. President, Barack Obama of course took the use of social media to a next generation use level. We now have Tweeting Governors, You Tube politicians, we have Facebook being used by local and national political operations. The staffers on Capital Hill for members of Congress, in State Houses, County and City learder nationwide want to learn more about social media. The use of social media as primarily been used for PR if its being used at all.

Social media must be about more than just PR – they must utilize it to help get things done. Currently this is not being done. 

There are changes coming, The National Journal plans to launch a social network that is exclusive to and, email addresses to improve collaboration among Capital Hill employees and staffers. This site will be similar in functionality to Facebook and LinedIn

While this is an excellent use of social media by politicians and their staffers, it is clearly internally focused. Politicians serve as represenatives of the people that voted them into office. I believe it is equally important to use social media as an externally focused, collaboration and get things done tool for politicians and the people they serve.

What a great idea people/voters working together with politicains to get things done, making government work, while turning casual, social network site visitors into passionate supporters. …….our forefathers would be very proud of social media’s contribution to making government more for the people and by the people.

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 About the Author ….Jacob R Miles III, Founder and CEO of GrapevineStar™ Entertainment Inc., a next generation media and entertainment company that develops and represents content for TV, Film, Internet, Publishing and Licensing. He is also co-founder with Scott Monaco and Senior Consultant for Social Media Analysts™, a social media consultancy, research firm and content publisher that operates a network of niche social networks. He has held various senior level engineering and operations positions with Toy, Entertainment, Internet and TV broadcasting companies, He currently resides in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas-Ft Worth)

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