Comcast empire runs the gamut

By The Associated Press

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FILE - This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Buying Time Warner Cable would add to a Comcast media and cable empire that already runs the gamut from “Saturday Night Live” to Universal Studios theme parks.

A look at Comcast’s holdings:


The division touts itself as the nation’s largest provider of video, high-speed Internet and telephone services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. It also provides similar services to businesses and sells advertising.

As of Dec. 31, the company had a total of 53.1 million video, high-speed Internet and phone service customers, representing a 3 percent increase over the same day the year before.

The company said Thursday that it currently has 22 million pay TV subscribers, but plans to divest 3 million of them once the deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. closes. With the addition of Time Warner Cable’s 11.2 million subscribers, the combined entity would end up with about 30 million.


The division includes a broadcast arm, more than a dozen cable networks, digital, film and other businesses.


Founded in 1926, NBC was the first U.S. national broadcast network. It now provides national and local programing through more than 200 affiliated stations.

Broadcast businesses include:

NBC Entertainment — Develops and schedules programming for the network’s prime time, late-night, and daytime schedules. Popular shows include “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Voice” and `The Biggest Loser.”

NBC News — Produces more than 30 hours of TV news programming, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and “Meet the Press.” Its holdings also include NBC News Radio, a network of over 750 affiliates, and the in-house production company Peacock Productions.

NBC Sports Group — Includes NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, 11 regional sports networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and

Telemundo — Produces and distributes Spanish-language content for the U.S. and overseas.


Some of the company’s best-known networks include Bravo Media, Comcast Sportsnet, Golf Channel, Sprout, Universal HD, E!, MSNBC, Syfy, USA Network, The Weather Channel Cos., CNBC and Oxygen Media.


Assets include online video service Hulu, women’s online content provider DailyCandy, NBC News Digital, online movie ticket seller Fandango, website GolfNow, and TV website


Creates and distributes films through its Universal Pictures business. Its classic movies include “Jaws,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Recent releases include “Bruce Almighty,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” Its well-known franchises include the “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future” and “Fast and Furious” movies.

The company’s film business also includes specialty movie studio Focus Features and marketing and distributing arm Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


Theme parks in Florida and California.


Sources: AP Archives, Comcast website and corporate reports.

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