Industry observers said Monday that the AT&T-DirecTV combo will only prolong the scrutiny of Comcast-TW Cable.
“AT&T’s proposed merger with DirecTV demands a hard look in an increasingly consolidated broadband and pay television marketplace,” said NAB exec VP Dennis Wharton in a statement. “It is hard to see how decreasing competitors in the pay TV marketplace – while increasing regulatory restraints on local TV stations – truly benefits consumers.”
The ACA said it was “troubled” by the wave of consolidation sweeping its larger MVPD rivals. The Pittsburgh-based org reps about 850 small and medium-sized cable operators, mostly serving rural areas.
“It is increasingly clear that Congress and the FCC simultaneously need to take a comprehensive look at the market that will exist if all these deals are approved, and to decide whether existing rules that govern the current market are sufficient for the new industry order,” said ACA prexy-CEO Matthew Polka.