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Conditions Of The Comcast-NBC Merger

Law360 (February 1, 2011, 5:34 PM EST) -- The joint venture of Comcast and NBC Universal, which cleared regulatory review at the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice recently, is one of the largest-ever mergers of a video programming producer and a video distributor.

Notwithstanding the size of the merger, however, Comcast and NBCU have a relationship that’s mostly vertical. Although Comcast is the largest so-called multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) in the U.S., and NBCU is one of the largest sources of programming that MVPDs distribute, including series television, sports...
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