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Justice Department Is Said to Investigate Cable Companies

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Comcast Corp. and other cable companies are violating antitrust laws by limiting competition from Internet video providers, two people familiar with the matter said.

The department is examining whether Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. are using their status as providers of programming and high-speed Internet to put online video providers such as Netflix Inc. and Hulu LLC at a competitive disadvantage, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly.