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Sunday, February 15, 2004

COMCAST-DISNEY: WHO NEEDS WHO?
Rich Gordon at Poynter posits that the Comcast-Disney deal foreshadows the coming ascendancy of digital distribution interests over content holders. Robert Niles disagrees.

I have to go with Niles on this. This deal has already drawn comparisons--unfavorable ones--to the AOL-Time Warner merger. Indeed, the crux of that deal was the supposition that AOL was in the driver's seat by virtue of its role as king of the online world, without which Time Warner would get left in the digital dust. We all saw how that ended up. I don't see much substantial difference this time around.