Small Cable to Push for Comcast-NBCU Conditions

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Wrap

Small cable companies are promising to push hard for major conditions before Comcast and NBC Universal can move forward with their merger.

Steve Friedman, chairman of the American Cable Association, says the trade group for smaller cable systems is concerned that the deal will put them at a significant negotiating disadvantage. Smaller cable systems already feel they pay unfairly high prices to retransmit major network TV outlets compared to bigger systems.


Friedman, who is also COO of Wave Broadcasting in Kirkland, Wash., offered the pledge Tuesday as the groups opened its annual Washington, D.C., summit. More…