March 9, 2014
Two empires running the whole gamut
A look at Comcast’s holdings:
COMCAST CABLE. 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.
NBCUNIVERSAL. The division includes a broadcast arm, more than a dozen cable networks, digital, film and other businesses.
BROADCAST. Founded in 1926, NBC was the first US national broadcast network. It now provides national and local programing through more than 200 affiliated stations.
Broadcast businesses include:
—NBC Entertainment: 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.
—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 NBCSports.com.
—Telemundo: produces and distributes Spanish-language content for the US and overseas.
—CABLE: some of the company’s best-known networks include Bravo Media, Comcast Sportsnet, Golf Channel, Sprout, Universal HD, E!.
Some TWC holdings:
Time Warner Cable, formerly Warner Cable Communications, is the second largest cable company in the United States behind Comcast and operates in 29 states, providing cable television, digital television, and internet services, including digital phone lines.
The company provides television services to approximately 23.4 million residential subscribers and Internet services to 8.7 million subscribers. It provides digital phone services to 4.5 million residential users, making it the fifth-largest telephone line provider in the United States. Through the third quarter of 2013, the company generated approximately US$1.7 billion in revenue through business services.
—Herald staff with online media