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KBode
KBode
4/24/2015 | 11:01:38 AM
Amazing...
Amazing that this probably could have all been avoided if Comcast had spent a few million more on customer service to shore up its bad reputation. While the FCC and DOJ certainly had other ammo to reject the deal, the massive negative public sentiment played a starring role in the scrapping of this deal. And that sentiment was born from not spending enough money on customer service after growing exceptionally fast since the company's 1963 birth.
Ariella
Ariella
4/24/2015 | 12:02:23 PM
Re: Amazing...
@Kbode It's possible peole would have been less hostile to the intended merger if they had a warmer feeling about Comcast. But I wonder if there was also something else to it. At least one FB group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/Comcastdeception/?fref=nf is declaring this a victory.
smkinoshita
smkinoshita
4/24/2015 | 3:36:37 PM
Re: Amazing...
I'm just glad the thing got scrapped.  The last thing I want to see is TWC get any bigger than it already is.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
4/27/2015 | 12:05:14 PM
Re: Amazing...
I'm always wary of these sorts of companies getting too big and eventually making things more difficult for customers. This deal just smelled like that to me.

Who knows though – it might have been good for everyone. Except that the government certainly didn't seem to think so. 
kq4ym
kq4ym
4/27/2015 | 6:47:35 PM
Re: Amazing...
With 14 months gone and boatloads of money invested, one wonders how prepared they were for pulling the plug. Could this have been a conspiracy to see how the government agencies would react and now they go on to something big that will actually fly?
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
4/24/2015 | 11:04:02 AM
Charter
So Comcast gives back the ring and cancels the wedding?

Does this mean Charter shows up on TWC's door with flowers and candy?
KBode
KBode
4/24/2015 | 2:19:52 PM
Re: Charter
One report this afternoon suggested that Charter execs have already reached out to Time Warner Cable to begin negotiating a new deal. (edit: not sure why  this comment got downvoted?)
thebulk
thebulk
4/25/2015 | 4:31:51 AM
Re: Charter
@Mitch, its possible, perhaps very likely. How do you think Cox fits in to the new open playing field. They are bigger than Charter but smaller than TWC and also privatly owned. 
MordyK
MordyK
4/25/2015 | 7:06:29 PM
Re: Charter
Its interesting that in this all messed-up love triangle, Cablevision doesnt seem to be coming up. anyone know why?
thebulk
thebulk
4/25/2015 | 9:30:51 PM
Re: Charter
Thats a good question, they do not seem to be coming up in the larger landscape talks for the industry, why are they so forgotten?
MordyK
MordyK
4/25/2015 | 10:24:28 PM
Re: Charter
And most of their quality territories - like portions of the greater NY metro area - are adjacent to TWC. Whoever rolls up TWC (Charter) would be a natural fit for Cablevision. 
thebulk
thebulk
4/26/2015 | 1:13:03 PM
Re: Charter
It would seem that way, I wonder what their plan is, are they even thinking about merging, or maybe they have another end game. 
MordyK
MordyK
4/26/2015 | 1:39:32 PM
Re: Charter
at one point about 2 years ago Jim Nolan mentioned selling as they're private and wouldn't have the financial wherewithal to be on the acquiring side, but it appears nobody took him seriously.
thebulk
thebulk
4/26/2015 | 1:51:53 PM
Re: Charter
Perhaps he was asking to much or just couldnt attract the type of offeres he would need to. Lets see if things change this time around. 
FbytF
FbytF
4/24/2015 | 4:03:14 PM
Comcast walks
Comcast and TWC merging would have only accomplished two turds making a pile of sh$t
KBode
KBode
4/24/2015 | 5:48:30 PM
Re: Comcast walks
Maybe not the most scientific analysis ever, but I believe the DOJ, FCC, and most consumers agree with you!
thebulk
thebulk
4/25/2015 | 4:32:54 AM
Re: Comcast walks
@FbytF, so well put. The nail has been hit on the head. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/26/2015 | 11:07:25 PM
Re: Comcast walks
Maybe the real reason they backed out is that they saw how poor TWC's service was.  ;)
DHagar
DHagar
4/24/2015 | 6:24:20 PM
Re: Charter
Mitch Wagner, I think so!  I think Charter will try to be the knight in shining armour! (this could reveal if the objection was the wedding or the pairing?)  I think that with the right players, the deal will go through.

I recommend keeping the flowers and cake on order!
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
4/27/2015 | 11:01:41 AM
Re: Charter
If Charter offer is made for TWC, doubt that Justice or FCC will object. Problem with Comcast was the concentration of content and coverage. Charter won't have that issue.
DHagar
DHagar
4/24/2015 | 6:28:04 PM
Re: Amazing
Ariella, I see Comcast as the primary issue as well.  I think this was more putting the brakes on Comcast - there obviously is a lack of trust.
DHagar
DHagar
4/27/2015 | 2:03:43 PM
Re: Amazing
danelcawrey, yes, I think it just was seen as a full domination of the market that could negatively impact the consumer.  That was particularly a sensitive issue as well with the recent "consumer protection" position that they have taken with the net neutrality regs.

I think Charter and any other partner will pass the test and be approved.
mendyk
mendyk
4/28/2015 | 9:10:46 AM
Doggin the bounty hunters
I've heard that Comcast was so sure that the TWC deal would happen that it had already undertaken layoffs in what it expected to be redundant departments. Now it has to restock the talent pool and is offering its remaining employees a modest bounty for bringing in new people.


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