The move by cable and satellite providers is meant at least in part to cover increasing costs for carrying networks and popular channels, but they risk exacerbating the trend of canceling service altogether.
Comcast isn't likely the only mega-media bid in the works. There will probably be a rush to consolidate. Here's a look at some of the proposed combinations that could transform the media landscape and change how people get their entertainment.
The 77-74 thriller that ended with a three-point shot at the buzzer attracted 17.8 million total viewers on TNT, TBS and TruTv. That's down from the 28.3 million who tuned in to the men's college basketball title game a year ago.