Netflix partner vows to fight Comcast fees

By Reuters
Posted Nov. 29, 2010 at 5:10 p.m.

Netflix network partner Level 3 Communications said it will resist efforts by Comcast to force it to pay fees for delivering online movies to Comcast customers.

Level 3, which recently won a deal to help popular movie streaming service Netflix to deliver its shows to consumers, said that while it agreed to Comcast’s terms “under protest” it is asking U.S. regulators and policy makers to take action.

The operator said Comcast informed it on November 19 that it will demand a recurring fee to transmit movies and other content to Comcast customers who ask for such content. Level 3 said it agreed to the terms only to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions.

The move could potentially have big ramifications for Comcast’s proposed take-over of NBC Universal, which is currently being reviewed by U.S. regulators. Comcast has said it expects the merger is expected to close by year-end.

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One comment:

  1. fluff_ebunny Nov. 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Comcast is pathetic! Comcast upgraded my bandwidth, and they raised my rate. Their TV programming is just about as good as the Home Shopping Network.

    If Comcast is your provider, I suggest you do as I did. Dump them and get NetFlix and a Roku box. You’ll always have something decent to watch.