Buying Time Warner Cable would significantly boost Comcast’s ranks of pay TV, Internet and phone service subscribers, but leave its media holdings largely unchanged. Here’s a look at how the company stacks up against fellow media titans Disney, Twenty-First Century Fox and CBS.
COMCAST CORP. — The company consists of two halves — its cable TV division and its collection of TV, film and other entertainment properties.
Comcast’s cable division touts itself as America’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.
The company said Thursday that it 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.
Meanwhile, the company’s NBCUniversal 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. The broadcast division includes, entertainment, news and sports divisions, along with Spanish-language content producer Telemundo.
The company also owns cable networks including E!, Sprout, MSNBC, Syfy, USA Network and CNBC.
NBCUniversal creates and distributes films through its Universal Pictures business. Its classic movies include “Jaws,” ”E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” The division also operates theme parks in Florida and California.
THE WALT DISNEY CO. — Best known for its classic children’s films and theme parks, the company has grown to include broadcaster ABC and mainstream cable channels such as ESPN.
The company’s media networks division includes a variety of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and digital businesses, including the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide and ESPN Inc., as well as the company’s stakes in A&E television Networks, Hulu and Fusion.
Disney also operates 11 theme parks and 44 resorts in North America, Europe and Asia. The division also includes the company’s cruise line and a 12-property vacation club.
In addition, Walt Disney Studios produces feature films under the company’s namesake brands, along with those of Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Touchstone Pictures and others.
The company also operates a consumer-products division that produces and licenses everything from toys and apparel to books and art. Its Disney Store chain operates more than 350 stores around the world.
Disney also operates an interactive division whose products include mobile and console games. It also operates Disney.com and other websites.
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX INC. — The holdings of this media entertainment giant controlled by Rupert Murdoch include the Fox Broadcasting Network, along with numerous cable channels, a film division and direct broadcast and satellite TV providers.
In addition to Fox Broadcasting, the company’s other TV networks include the Fox Sports network, along with its Fox Television Stations Group, which covers 28 stations in 18 markets, and MyNetworkTV.
Fox’s cable network programing division includes Fox Networks, which covers 44 owned-and-operated and joint venture TV networks, video on demand and other media platforms. Its cable channel lineup includes Fox Business, Fox Deportes, Big Ten Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports and FX.
The company’s filmed entertainment division includes Twentieth Century Fox, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of films. And its Twentieth Century Fox Television business supplies prime-time TV shows such as “Modern Family” and “Glee.”
Fox’s direct broadcast and satellite TV division includes its Sky TV businesses, which operate in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Germany and Italy.
CBS CORP. — Like NBCUniversal, CBS operates a TV network that dates back to the dawn of the broadcasting age. It began in 1928 when founder William Paley bought 16 independent radio stations and turned them into the Columbia Broadcast System.
Today, the company covers more than 200 TV stations and affiliates. Its popular shows include “NCIS,” ”The Big Bang Theory” and “60 Minutes.”
In addition to the broadcast network, CBS’ holdings include cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising and interactive properties.
In addition to its namesake TV network, the company’s businesses include, The CW, which is a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Showtime Networks, CBS News, CBS Sports Network, CBS Television Stations and CBS Radio.
It also operates production, distribution, interactive, consumer product and home entertainment businesses.