Public-Interest Groups Call On Congress, Justice To Investigate TV Everywhere


Free Press and a number of other groups are calling on Congress and the Justice Department to investigate TV Everywhere, the online video effort led by Comcast and Time Warner.

Free Press, joined by Media Access Project, Public Knowledge and Consumers Union, allege "collusion" in a letter to Congress. "We're basically saying that the point of antitrust is that these companies aren't supposed to work together to keep competitors out of the market."

The report is from Free Press legal fellow and University of Nebraska law professor Marvin Amore, who has argued that TV Everywhere is an assault by the cable industry on "open TV."

It also comes as no surprise from groups that have been critical of the cable effort from the outset.

The groups were said to be scrambling to get the report out Monday, which would be in advance of Comcast's expected public interest filing with the FCC as it seeks to form a joint venture with NBC Universal.

One of the criticisms leveled at that deal is its competitive affect on the Hulu online video site in which NBC is a major player.