Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger No Problem For Consumers

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Enough hysteria.

Big company mergers have become one of those topics where all common sense and reality goes out the window. Outrage is the default and only acceptable emotion. 

Comcast's (CMCSA) buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will change nothing, at least not negatively, for consumers. Your present situation will not change.

In fact, I reckon it might actually get better.

You will not be able to blame "rising cable bills" on Comcast and Time Warner. We have been seeing them for years.

You will not be able to blame a lack of choice or competition on Comcast and Time Warner. We have been seeing that for years.


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You will not be able to blame too much choice in your cable package on Comcast and Time Warner. We have also been seeing that for years.

ICYMI: Here's how pay television service works in most parts of the United States.

You have the "choice" of one cable company. If you don't want to go with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications (CHTR) or whomever services your area, you subscribe to DIRECTV (DTV) or Dish Network (DISH). In some cases, you might be lucky enough (from what I hear) to sign a deal with Verizon (VZ) for FIOS or AT&T (T) for U-verse, but these digital TV options remain geographically few and far between.

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