Comcast, Google, and the Control of American Media Essay

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Are you aware that six corporations control 90% of the media In America? The Media Industry is changing everyday, companies must continually change the way they deliver products to the public. Some of the best examples of how companies are using new media to distribute products are Carnival Films, and Youtube. Carnival Film is the production company behind Downton Abbey. You Tube is a video sharing sight that started out as a place for John Q. Public to post his home movies. YouTube has become an internet phenomenon and a distribution point for features film, music videos and TV shows. It is important to understand how the companies use the internet to air the products. More important to us the consumer is to understand who owns …show more content…
Not long after the peacock network purchased Carnival, According to Comcast’s website the cable TV giant purchased and now has full control of NBC Universal.

It would appear that Downton Abbey is not exactly a British only media production nor is it independent has Carnival would like to claim. We Start with Comcast/NBC Universal, Comcast was already a media giant, with the purchase of the controlling shares of NBC Universal from General Electric made them a behemoth media conglomerate. Comcast owns the major NBC network holdings from the over the air TV network, studios, NBC News and Sports along with all of NBC’s and Telemundo local owned and operated TV stations in major American Markets. According to CJR.ORG in 2013 Comcast also gained control of Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. With the knowledge of how large Comcast is it should be no surprise that Downton Abbey is streamed on the internet. Comcast corporate web site shows that Comcast has a thirty-two percent share in hulu.com. A footnote in this tangled ownership web, Digital spy.com ITV, the network Downton Abbey airs on in the United Kingdom has a content sharing deal with NBC Universal that started in 2010.

Is it not slightly alarming that Comcast has managed to grow at such an alarming pace? Although it is at the same time truly amazing how well they are able to gain ownership of successful business ventures and re distribute…