USA Today focuses its coverage on the conditions the FCC placed on the deal, including a requirement that Comcast offer a $49.95 monthly standalone cable modem service with speeds of at least 6 Mbit/s for the next three years, and a restriction that keeps the MSO from discriminating among Web services.
The New York Times homes in on the FCC's requirement that Comcast give up a management role at Hulu LLC -- a condition that Comcast EVP David Cohen said leaves the company "perfectly satisfied."
The Economistpokes fun at conditions that protect online video hopefuls Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG): "Ah, those poor emerging online-video outfits, so in need of protection from big, bad media companies that might try to withhold their programmes. How puny they are." (See Comcast-NBCU Rules to Frustrate OTT Players.)
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL)'s DailyFinance takes a look at the effect the merger will have on the sports media business, noting that the deal creates "a sports behemoth that could challenge the dominance of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS)'s (DIS) ESPN."
Free Press called the merger a "disastrous deal," noting that Comcast-NBC will "now control one in every five television viewing hours."