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Media Consolidation

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This is an interesting article I came across that explains that a Cowboys football game is not going to be broadcast for Time-Warner customers. This is because it is only being shown on the NFL Network which is only available to DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse, and Verizon FiOS Internet customers. This is just one example of how many media conglomerates are becoming more consolidated. recently we are witnessing fewer companies owning more and more media, restricting the options that consumers have and raising the prices that we have as well. Another example of this will be apparent if recent plans for Comcast to buy NBC follow through. This will put all of NBC programming in the hands of a cable company that can manipulate how it is delegated to other cable providers. This Cowboys game is only another exmple of how this is foreshadowing an era that may be upon us where programming is manipulated by a few major media conglomerates.

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Written by kaileyfitzgerald

December 21, 2009 at 7:13 am

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