Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc., aiming to reshape the cable industry, have discussed a joint bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. and divvy up its customers, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Comcast Corp.’s $16.7 billion acquisition of the rest of NBC Universal signals Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts’s increased confidence in the prospects for entertainment as a partner for cable distribution.
Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, said its new X2 TV guide will be available to customers later this year, as it seeks to offer a more interactive service similar to online video platforms.
On a gray day in February 2010, Brian Roberts sat facing the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. The panel was holding its first hearing on a proposed merger between two of the country’s most powerful media companies, the cable distribution giant Comcast Corp. and the entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal.