Some late-breaking cable news to go with your last-minute shopping. Leading today’s roundup: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulates an order with conditions for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)’s merger with NBC Universal . Also making news: Cable MSOs are seeing little demand for CableCards, broadcast networks lost more viewers to cable in 2010, and Sezmi Corp. ’s spin machine generates disparate results.
Major cable networks continued to gain viewers at the expense of the Big Four broadcast networks in 2010, with Fox’s Nielsen ratings dropping 15 percent and ABC falling 5 percent. USA Today tracks the biggest movers, including MTV, powered by “Jersey Shore,” which improved its ratings by 22 percent, and CNN, which fell 34 percent.
Comcast is acting pretty gleeful in this blog post after hearing that the FCC found the NBCU deal in the public interest, though any approval in early 2011 will likely come with conditions on program access, including third-party OTT firms to obtain NBCU content. But the FCC isn't airing those conditions, or their length, as the Commissioners get a chance to pore over the proposed order. JB