Comcast accuses opponents of Time Warner Deal of Extortion

There have been many opponents to the Comcast, and Time Warner Cable deal. Many have called it an attempted monopolization of the market, and many have said that it would give a clearly defined, and outright advantage in the cable and broadband markets.

The filing claims that Netflix, and other companies that have been fighting against the deal between the two cable giants have been making similar, and constant requests – in exchange for their support of the deal.

Comcast responded to critics, and those who asked for concessions in return for support with this filing.


Ultimately, the filing states that the individual businesses are looking to have individual business interests met, in order to satisfy their needs – before they give their support to the megadeal.

This comes at a time when Comcast was already in a war of words with Netflix over shifting costs of internet and data speeds – to avoid increasing the cost of their raw product – streaming movies, and television for customers.

However, Netflix reserved the claim that Comcast simply was not giving their customers the broadband speeds they promised them. Earlier in the year though, Netflix paid Comcast in a deal that would give their mutual users better speeds – which is said to have created a bad precedent for customers – since they already pay the cable companies for additional speed, and better technology.

And in theory, it does sound counterproductive. In this instance, or at least as Netflix claims it to have happened – you have two entities, paying for an agreement between two parties that they are neither of.

It would be like getting in an argument with your cable company, and having a third-party – unrelated to the entire set of circumstances paying to resolve the situation, but then you paying additionally to upgrade service, or fix the problem.

Additionally, the company singled out Discovery Communications, Cogent, and Viamedia – in addition to Netflix, and DISH.

At this point it would seem no matter what Comcast’s next move is, whether they’re acquiring, or merging with Time Warner Cable, that none of it will go smoothly, and it will likely be met at every juncture with struggle and fight.