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Published: February 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Way to burst my bubble I was looking forward to a dark night coaster clone at islands of adventure.
Ted Heumann

Published: February 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Two things,
First, I'm saddened that you had to write this article. It's sad that some people don't pay close enough attention that they didn't notice that the deal is for Time Warner CABLE.

Second, I think this is a bad move for Comcast. The content DELIVERY business is not a growth industry. That's why I thought it was so smart for Comcast to buy NBC/Universal because the content OWNER business is a better business to be in. I could think of LOTS of things that would be a better investment of $45 BILLION dollars than Time Warner Cable (and NO, I'm not talking about investment in their theme parks).

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: February 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Ted,

The best analysis I've read on this deal (from multiple sources, so no links), is that this deal is all about creating a company big enough to exercise more clout in negotiating retransmission deals with non-Comcast properties (that'd be Disney, CBS, Fox, and Discovery properties, mostly). Comcast wants to control enough of the market that content providers can't afford to get to the point in negotiations where their channel is off the system and running those "call your cable provider to get [channel X] back on!" radio commercials.

Annette Forrest

Published: February 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

I wish Universal would get the DC rights at some point. That would be awesome...if they could re-theme Super Hero Island as Gotham City. It would complement the HP stuff nicely I think. All the rides could just be remade with DC characters. Disney would have to bribe Universal to do that, but it would be awesome to have the DC characters at IOA.
James Rao
Writer

Published: February 14, 2014 at 6:48 AM

The writing is on the wall for Comcast and other traditional cable companies: Google Fiber is the wave of the future. It may take a decade or so for it to fully assert itself, but once Fiber is accessible to most of the nation, it is the clear cut best choice for internet, television, and movies. Consolidation is the best hope for the dinosaurs of this industry.