Some other TV questions being raised in the wake of the Comcast-NBC bombshell:
–How would a hookup transform the digital distribution of TV shows and movies?
Comcast is also big on video-on-demand, and having NBC and Universal Pictures would be a great way to beef up product for that pipeline (as well as broadband distribution).
The rapid death of the DVD market has made the movie business less appealing to Universal. But for Comcast, the idea of having first dibs on big movies and TV shows has to be exciting.
–With its new clout in cable, could the new NBC-Comcast get out of the ailing local stations business and replace over-the-air carriage with full cable distribution?
–How would the new company negotiate carriage deals with other cable conglomerates?
"Does Comcast get to know the details (of the new company’s) carriage deals with other cable operators?," one exec asks. "Or do you put a wall between them?"