According to the PayWall St. Journal (subs), The US government might make “playing nicely with companies like Apple” part of the conditions with which they will accept the merger of NBC and Comcast. That might mean people not using Flash or outside of the US will be able to watch the video above!
Few observers expect either the Justice Department or the Federal Communications Commission to block outright the roughly $13.75 billion deal to purchase 51% of NBC Universal from General Electric Co. One reason: Because the two companies aren’t direct competitors, it’s harder to mount an antitrust challenge.
Both agencies, however, are likely to impose significant conditions to prevent Comcast from withholding, or threatening to withhold, NBC Universal’s programming from competitors, including companies that distribute TV shows and movies over the Internet, such as Apple Inc. and Netflix Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
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