The feds approved the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger earlier this year, but the deal had to clear another hurdle Thursday. Earlier, the FCC and U.S. Department of Justice agreed that the company needed federal court approval of the online video aspect of the deal. Now a U.S. District judge has given the merger a thumbs-up on the condition that the court will keep a close eye on the company’s effects on the video industry for the next two years.
Deadline reports competitors were concerned that they would lose access to NBC shows. Another result of the latest ruling is that NBCUniversal will have to report instances in which competitors take arbitration actions against the company.