Comcast, NBC Universal Defend Deal On Capitol Hill

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There was a congressional hearing Thursday over Comcast's controversial proposal to buy a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal.


And executives from cable giant Comcast and entertainment company NBC Universal were on Capitol Hill yesterday defending their plan to join forces.

NPRs Elizabeth Blair reports.

ELIZABETH BLAIR: The proposal is controversial because a major distributor would control NBC Universals movies, TV shows, cable channels. Legislators wanted to know would the combined companies jack up rates. Would non-Comcast subscribers lose access to shows they want? The answers from Comcasts Brian Roberts were mostly accommodating.

Mr. BRIAN ROBERTS (CEO, Comcast): One of the reasons we want to get more invested in content is we see the value of that content growing. We will be well-served to make that content available to all the growing players in the marketplace.

BLAIR: The head of a smaller cable company testified that up to now negotiations with Comcast over content had been difficult. A supporter of the deals from the Freedom Foundation said regulators should simply let the market decide whether it will work.

Elizabeth Blair, NPR News, Washington.

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