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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Comcast-NBC merger watch: no decision this week as Feds look to CES

By Cecilia Kang

With all five members of the Federal Communications Commission planning to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, regulators aren't expected to wrap up their evaluation of Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal this week, according to sources familiar with the reviews.

The Justice Department's review of the merger's antitrust implications is expected to wrap around the same time as the FCC's public interest review.

In case you missed it, a few days before Christmas, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued an order calling for an FCC vote on the merger that would approve the deal with some conditions, including limited and tailored obligations for Comcast to share online video content with Internet TV platforms. Analysts expect that means Comcast would be required to share NBC shows to online distributors such as YouTube and Roku if CBS and ABC were doing so.

The four other FCC Commissioners will discuss their agenda for this year during a panel scheduled for Friday afternoon. We'll listen to the discussion, which will be moderated by The Post's Rob Pegoraro. Stay tuned.

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
 
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