Comcast TimelineComcast has come a long way since its beginnings as a single-system cable operator in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1963. Today, Comcast is a leader in the worlds of media, entertainment and technology and our story has unfolded due to an entrepreneurial spirit that is the foundation of everything we do.
- Comcast is founded by Ralph Roberts with the purchase of American Cable Systems, a 1,200-subscriber cable system in Tupelo, MS. Dan Aaron and Julian Brodsky join as Ralph’s earliest colleagues who would help build the Company.
- Comcast purchases Storecast Corporation of America, a marketing firm that helped food companies track and improve the placement of their products in supermarkets.
- Comcast acquired its first Muzak franchise in Orlando, FL and over the next several years would acquire many more. Storecast was a client of Muzak and provided background music to retailers and marketing services to manufacturers selling through retail stores.
- Comcast marks its first public stock offering. Stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CMCSA.
- Comcast’s Music Network Division becomes No. 1 in size among independent Muzak operators, operating in 10 major marketing areas.
- The Philadelphia Flyers hockey franchise wins its first Stanley Cup. The team is later purchased and managed by Comcast-Spectacor.
- Brian Roberts has his first internship at Comcast working for Storecast on supermarket promotions.
- Brian Roberts received his first training as a cable installer in the Company’s Westmoreland cable system, where he learned how to install cable in homes, handle service calls and climb poles.
- Comcast celebrates its 5th anniversary as a public company.
- Dan Aaron is named Chairman of the National Cable & Television Association. (The organization later became and is now known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.)
- Comcast introduces HBO for the first time to 20,000 customers in western Pennsylvania with a five-night free preview. After the preview period, more than 3,000 customers ordered the service.
- Brian Roberts graduates from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joins Comcast full time as a trainee for the Trenton system.
- Storecast enters into the video game market by introducing the popular games Pac-Man and Asteroids.
- Brian Roberts transfers to Flint, MI, where he is responsible for marketing customer service and apartment building expansion.
- Brian Roberts becomes General Manager of the Company’s Trenton system, managing its day-to-day operations.
- Brian Roberts joins Comcast’s corporate office as Vice President of Operations for the Company’s cable division.
- Comcast more than doubles in size by adding 1.2 million cable customers with the purchase of a 26 percent interest in Group W Cable, Inc.
- Comcast makes a founding investment in QVC for $380 million.
- Comcast founder Dan Aaron receives the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Distinguished Vanguard Award.
- Brian Roberts is elected to the Comcast Corporation Board of Directors.
- Comcast celebrates its 25th anniversary.
- Comcast purchases 50 percent of Storer Communications, Inc., increasing the number of Comcast subscribers to over 2 million. The Company is now recognized as one of the nation’s leading cable companies.
- Comcast enters the cellular telephone field with the acquisition of American Cellular Network Corporation (AMCELL), whose New Jersey and Wilmington, DE service territory covered a population of 2.3 million. Comcast Cellular Communications division is formed.
- Comcast acquires controlling interest in Metromedia Company’s Metrophone cellular system tripling the population area served to 7.4 million.
- Comcast founder Ralph Roberts receives the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Distinguished Vanguard Award.
- Comcast acquires Maclean Hunter’s U.S. cable operations, adding 550,000 customers and becoming the third largest cable operator in the United States with approximately 3.3 million customers.
- Comcast UK Cable Partners, which was constructing a cable telecommunications network in the U.K., goes public.
- Comcast becomes an original investor in The Golf Channel (along with Continental Cablevision, Cablevision Industries, Adelphia Cable, Newhouse Broadcasting and Times Mirror).
- Comcast increases its stake in QVC to 57.5 percent for $1.4 billion.
- Comcast announces the acquisition of E.W. Scripps cable systems, adding 800,000 subscribers and bringing Comcast’s customer total to 4.3 million.
- Brian Roberts is named National Cable & Telecommunications Association chairman.
- Comcast launches its first broadband product. Comcast@Home high-speed cable modem service debuts in Baltimore, MD and Sarasota, FL markets in December 1996.
- Comcast and entrepreneur Ed Snider form Comcast-Spectacor, a sports venture owning the NHL Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA Philadelphia 76ers and operating hundreds of entertainment venues across the country.
- Comcast announces the formation of Comcast SportsNet, a regional sports channel in Philadelphia.
- Microsoft invests $1 billion in Comcast.
- Comcast acquires a 50.1 percent controlling interest in E! Entertainment through a partnership with Disney.
- Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia launches.
- Comcast launches Digital TV.
- Steve Burke is named President of Comcast Cable.
- Comcast founder Julian Brodsky receives the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Distinguished Vanguard Award.
- Comcast Cable announces the acquisition of Jones Intercable, Inc., gaining an additional 1 million customers.
- Comcast announces its investment in Prime Communications and acquires an additional 430,000 subscribers.
- Comcast UK Cable Partners is sold to NTL, Inc.
- Style Network launches. The new channel is dedicated to style, fashion and design.
- Comcast Cellular is sold to SBC Communications of San Antonio, TX for $1.7 billion.
- Comcast acquires Greater Philadelphia Cablevision, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., serving 79,000 cable customers in Philadelphia.
- Comcast and MediaOne announce a $60 billion merger. When the merger agreement is terminated later in the year, Comcast receives a $1.5 billion termination fee.
- Comcast and AT&T enter into an agreement to exchange various cable communications systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast received cable communications systems serving 1.5 million subscribers.
- Comcast Interactive Capital Group is formed by Julian Brodsky to make technology and Internet related investments; it makes its first investment in VeriSign.
- Comcast University, the Company’s nationwide training and development organization, hosts its first class. “CU” was created to provide training and resources that assist in the development and growth of employees.
- Comcast SportsNet Southeast launches.
- Comcast completes the acquisition of Lenfest Communications, Inc., adding approximately 1.3 million cable subscribers.
- Comcast completes cable system swaps with Adelphia and AT&T Broadband, gaining Adelphia customers in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania and AT&T Broadband customers in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
- Comcast founder Ralph Roberts is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
- Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic launches.
- Comcast completes the acquisition of select AT&T Broadband cable systems in six states, adding 585,000 customers.
- Comcast acquires Fox Cable Network Group’s interest in The Golf Channel, giving Comcast more than a 90 percent stake and controlling interest in the channel.
- Comcast completes the acquisition of Outdoor Life Network.
- Comcast completes the acquisition of 112,000 AT&T Broadband subscribers in Baltimore, MD.
- Comcast and AT&T Broadband announce agreement to merge, which would form the largest cable company in the United States with over 21.4 million subscribers.
- Comcast receives Multichannel News’ Innovator Award for Local Programming for CN8, The Comcast Network.
- The first annual companywide Comcast Cares Day kicks off. Over 6,100 Comcast volunteers committed a day of service to their communities across the Comcast footprint.
- Brian Roberts is named Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation.
- Comcast founder Dan Aaron is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
- Money magazine names Comcast one of the top five performing stocks over a 30-year period.
- Comcast is named one of six companies with the best annual report disclosures by S&P.
- Comcast launches G4, a network dedicated to entertainment, news and information about video games and the interactive entertainment industry.
- Comcast launches high-definition television (HDTV) service.
- Comcast and AT&T Broadband complete their $47.5 billion merger, combining systems to serve almost 22 million video customers in 38 states and District of Columbia, with 6.3 million digital video customers, 3.3 million high-speed data customers and 1.3 million cable phone subscribers.
- Comcast launches Comcast High-Speed Internet.
- Comcast is named Operator of the Year by leading industry trade publication Multichannel News.
- Comcast founder Julian Brodsky is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
- Mark Coblitz received National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Science and Technology.
- Comcast sells its 57 percent stake in QVC to Liberty Media for $7.7 billion. Comcast’s initial investment in QVC was $380 million.
- Comcast launches Video On Demand. Customers can now watch programs on television any time they want. On Demand introduced customers to an ever-growing library of programs — with the ability to fast-forward, rewind and pause selections.
- Comcast and Radio One announce the creation of TV One, a new African American television network.
- Comcast founder Ralph Roberts receives the Trustees Award from The National Television Academy.
- Comcast acquires an additional 8.6 percent interest in The Golf Channel (previously held by the Tribune Company) giving Comcast 99.9 percent ownership.
- Comcast, in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, announce the formation of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
- Comcast Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is unveiled, bringing more control and convenience to customers by allowing them to record, pause, rewind and fast-forward live television with the touch of a button.
- Comcast.net is launched.
- Comcast.net debuts The Fan, an innovative broadband multimedia player that offers an easy way to search, watch, organize and save favorite video content.
- Brian Roberts is named Chairman of Comcast Corporation.
- Comcast signs strategic agreements with Gemstar-TV Guide and Microsoft to develop enhancements to the user interface and the functionality of its service offerings. Comcast and Gemstar form an entity to develop and enhance interactive programming guides.
- Comcast completes the acquisition of TechTV Inc. TechTV and G4 begin operating as one network available to 44 million cable and satellite homes nationally, providing video and computer game-related programming.
- Comcast acquires an additional 10.4 percent interest in E! Entertainment Television (giving Comcast a total interest of 60.5 percent), and a 100 percent ownership interest in International Channel Networks (which operates AZN Television) after a stock exchange agreement with Liberty Media Corporation.
- Comcast SportsNet California launches.
- Communications Technology magazine names Comcast Operator of the Year.
- Julian Brodsky receives Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s Chairman’s Award.
- Comcast introduces its new Video Mail feature.
- The Consumer Electronics Association names Comcast Best DTV Cable System.
- Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine.
- Comcast launches Home Networking, a service designed to network technical platforms within customers’ homes and certify them under the CableLabs Cable Home specification.
- Comcast launches Comcast Digital Voice.
- Comcast secures the broadcasting rights to NHL games through the 2007 season (with the option for more seasons) on the Outdoor Life Network.
- Comcast partners with PBS, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS Sprout, a 24/7 linear channel designed for preschoolers.
- Comcast and Time Warner agree to jointly acquire the assets of Adelphia Communications and swap select systems, giving Comcast 1.7 million additional video subscribers.
- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the second year in a row.
- Comcast acquires a 20 percent interest in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
- Comcast acquires the cable systems of Susquehanna Communications for $775 million and gains 225,000 subscribers.
- Comcast announces the creation of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a new division that will develop and grow the Company’s Internet businesses.
- Comcast makes its mark with Goodby Silverstein & Partners in launching the its first ever national advertising campaign celebrating the fun and excitement of the Company and its products. The ads feature an animatronic turtle couple, Bill and Karolyn Slowsky.
- The popular Triple Play package, which includes cable, Internet and phone service for one convenient low price, is introduced to Comcast customers.
- Comcast marks 1 billion Video On Demand views.
- Comcast announces a partnership with TiVo.
- Comcast is named one of America’s Top 50 Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by Hispanic Business magazine.
- Comcast and Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld launch ExerciseTV.
- Comcast and Sony announce the creation of a new multiplatform horror network — FEARnet.
- Comcast and Walmart partner to offer Internet, video and phone services to Walmart’s Connection Centers.
- Institutional Investor magazine names Comcast one of America’s Most Shareholder-Friendly Companies.
- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the third year in a row.
- Institutional Investor magazine names John Alchin and Larry Smith as two of America’s Best CFOs.
- Dave Watson, Executive Vice President of Operations for Comcast Cable, receives the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Marketing.
- Comcast and Time Warner announce the dissolution of their Texas and Kansas City Cable Partnership. Comcast receives systems in Houston, TX and gains an additional 700,000 basic video subscribers.
- Comcast On Demand service tops 3 billion total views.
- Comcast launches an unprecedented HD programming initiative to offer 100 hours of high-definition video-on-demand programming.
- Comcast adds over one million Comcast Digital Voice customers in less than two years, highlighting the record growth Comcast continues to experience across all its products.
- Comcast is named Operator of the Year by leading industry trade publication Multichannel News.
- Outdoor Life Network changes its name to VERSUS and announces the network’s distribution has surpassed 70 million homes.
- Brian Roberts is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
- Comcast announces the creation of Comcast Entertainment Group, a new division established to oversee the Company’s West Coast entertainment properties that include E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network and G4.
- FEARnet, the first multiplatform horror network, debuts on demand, online and on mobile devices.
- Comcast and NBC Universal announce an agreement to offer On Demand hit shows from NBC, USA Network, Bravo and Sci Fi Channel.
- Comcast and CBS introduce free On Demand episodes of primetime CBS shows for Comcast Digital Cable customers.
- Comcast and The Walt Disney Company announce long-term comprehensive distribution agreements securing carriage for Disney Media Networks’ products and services.
- Comcast acquires The Walt Disney Company’s 39.5 percent ownership stake in E! Networks. E! Networks, which includes E! Entertainment Television and Style Network, becomes wholly owned by Comcast.
- Comcast launches GameInvasion.net nationally.
- Tony Werner is named Chief Technology Officer for Comcast Cable.
- Comcast is named one of America’s Best-Managed Companies by Forbes Magazine.
- Comcast and CSTV Networks, Inc. team up to launch The mtn. — MountainWest Sports Network.
- SportsNet New York launches.
- Comcast acquires The Platform, the leading online video management and publishing company.
- Comcast Business Services launches for small businesses with less than 20 employees.
- Comcast launches its PowerBoost Internet speed feature.
- Comcast successfully begins partnering with Hollywood studios to test Day and Date, a new service releasing movies On Demand the same day they are released on DVD.
- Michael Angelakis is named the new Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation, succeeding John Alchin and Larry Smith who both retired in 2007.
- Institutional Investor magazine names Comcast one of America’s Most Shareholder-Friendly Companies.
- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the fourth year in a row.
- Comcast announces its two million Comcast Digital Voice customer milestone.
- Comcast acquires Patriot Media for a net cash investment of approximately $483 million and gains 81,000 video subscribers.
- Comcast reaches an agreement to acquire Fandango, the nation’s premier destination for movie information, showtimes and ticketing, and one of the Web’s top entertainment sites.
- Comcast SportsNet Bay Area launches.
- Comcast SportsNet New England launches.
- Comcast SportsNet Northwest launches.
- Comcast Center opens as the nation’s tallest LEED Certified building.
- Comcast and Insight Communications Company, Inc. announce the completion of an agreement to divide the Insight Midwest partnership in which each party held a 50 percent interest. (Comcast inherited the partnership as part of the 2003 AT&T Broadband acquisition). Comcast became 100 percent owners of the Insight cable systems serving areas of Illinois and Indiana, which added 696,000 basic video customers to the Company’s service area.
- Comcast launches SmartZone, an online communications center to check email, voicemail and keep a universal address book.
- Comcast launches AnyRoom Video On Demand, which enables users to start an On Demand program on one television and continue to view it on any other television in the home with a digital cable box.
- Brian Roberts delivers industry-first keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and launches Project Infinity, the Company’s vision to bring any content to any device at any time.
- Comcast Interactive Media launches Fancast.com.
- Comcast purchases DailyCandy from Pilot Group.
- Institutional Investor magazine names Comcast one of America’s Most Shareholder-Friendly Companies.
- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the fifth year in a row.
- Comcast invests in Clearwire.
- Comcast acquires Plaxo, the leading smart address book.
- Comcast acquires Movies.com.
- Comcast reaches 10 billion On Demand views.
- Comcast becomes the nation’s largest Internet service provider.
- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is named one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the sixth year in a row.
- Comcast Corporation becomes the third-largest residential phone service provider in the United States.
- Comcast begins its national rollout of high-speed wireless Internet service — Comcast High-Speed 2go.
- Comcast launches a technical trial of On Demand Online with approximately 5,000 customers from across the U.S. to test Comcast’s new “authentication” technology via Comcast.net and Fancast.com.
- Comcast and General Electric announce they have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE and managed by Comcast. The joint venture will consist of the NBC Universal businesses and Comcast’s cable networks, regional sports networks, and certain digital properties and unconsolidated investments.
- Comcast Corporation launches nationally an innovative new service called Fancast XFINITY TV. The new website gives customers an “anytime, anywhere” entertainment experience — at home and on-the-go — at no additional cost.
- Comcast and Time Warner Inc. introduce TV Everywhere with the goal of delivering content to customers on any device, anywhere at any time.
- The Comcast Network — Philadelphia launches.
- The Comcast Network — Mid-Atlantic launches.
- New England Cable News launches.
- TV Everywhere Online launches.
- Comcast introduces 50 Mbps Internet service.
- Comcast offers 100 HD channels.
- Comcast offers universal Caller ID for the TV and computer.
- Comcast releases a new version of the Comcast Mobile app available for the iPhone and iPod touch that includes a remote DVR (rDVR) programming service.
- Neil Smit joins Comcast and is named President of Comcast Cable Communications.
- Comcast unveils Xfinity as the new brand for technology platforms and products.
- Comcast and General Electric announce that Steve Burke will serve as Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal upon the close of Comcast’s acquisition of 51 percent of NBCUniversal from GE.
- Comcast officially launches xfinityTV.com — offering 150,000 video choices online — and introduces the Xfinity TV app.
- Comcast announces its On Demand service has reached a total of 18 billion views since it launched in 2003.
- The Xfinity Mobile app becomes available to Android-powered devices.
- Comcast invests in the sFund, an initiative to find, fund and accelerate a new wave of applications and services that enhance the social networking experience.
- Comcast partners with The Masters to debut the first live 3-D television event.
- Comcast and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. announce a partnership to bring the Xfinity TV app to Samsung smart televisions and tablets.
- On January 28, 2011, Comcast and General Electric complete their transaction to form NBCUniversal, LLC.
- Steve Burke becomes Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal.
- Comcast launches video streaming on the Xfinity TV app for the iPad, giving subscribers access to nearly 3,000 hours of movies and TV shows both in and out of the home.
- Comcast launches Xfinity 3D, a new 24-hour, next-generation 3-D channel.
- Xfinity TV launches in Spanish, delivering a wide array of Spanish-language choices available anywhere, anytime — on TV, On Demand and online. Comcast also announces the launch of www.XfinityTV.com/latinoTV, the new Internet destination offering hundreds of Spanish-language movies and shows online for free to Comcast digital cable customers.
- Comcast introduces Xfinity Signature Support, a 24/7 end-to-end technical support and equipment protection program for the growing number of home electronics devices.
- Comcast and NBCUniversal create a Joint External Diversity Advisory Council to advise leadership on diversity efforts and initiatives. The Council, comprised of leaders from various organizations and minority groups, represents the interests of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and women along with veterans, Native Americans, people with disabilities and the LGBT community.
- Comcast begins an effort to launch 10 new independent television networks over the next eight years.
- Comcast begins offering Extreme 105 residential Xfinity Internet service to more than 40 million homes across the United States.
- NBC Sports Group reaches a 10-year television and media rights deal with the National Hockey League, taking the partnership through the 2020-21 season.
- Comcast opens the Spanish-language Center of Excellence in Miramar, FL. The center is exclusively dedicated to handling sales calls from Spanish-speaking consumers across the country.
- Comcast celebrates 10 years of community service and marks $10 million in charitable contributions during the Company’s 10th Comcast Cares Day.
- Comcast becomes the only pay TV provider to offer current TV shows from all four major broadcast networks on Xfinity On Demand — ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.
- Comcast becomes the first provider to stream content from five premium channels via the Xfinity TV app — HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and Encore.
- The Xfinity Triple Play Self-Install Kit is introduced, enabling customers to install and activate their Xfinity TV, Voice and Internet services at their convenience.
- Comcast introduces metro Ethernet services for mid-sized businesses.
- Comcast introduces a 100 Mbps Internet speed tier for business customers.
- Comcast announces it is streaming nearly 6,000 hours of On Demand content through its Xfinity TV app — double the content since launch.
- Comcast announces that consumers watched 20 billion entertainment choices On Demand since the service was launched in 2003.
- Comcast Interactive Capital, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, is combined with the Peacock Equity Fund, the former venture capital affiliate of NBCUniversal and General Electric, to form a newly combined fund called Comcast Ventures. Comcast Ventures oversees a portfolio of investments valued at approximately $750 million. Amy Banse is named Head of Fund.
- Comcast announces the launch of its landmark Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost Internet service, affordable computers and digital literacy training to families with children eligible for a free or reduced-cost lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
- Constant Guard, Comcast’s ongoing online security initiative, is the most comprehensive suite of online protection services provided by any major ISP in the United States that is included as part of an Internet service. In addition, Comcast introduces Identity Guard, which provides identity and fraud protection both online and offline.
- Xfinity Home Security expands into six additional markets — Philadelphia, Portland, Jacksonville, Sarasota/Naples, Chattanooga and Nashville. Additionally, the Xfinity Security app becomes available on Apple’s iTunes App Store.
- The International Olympic Committee awards the U.S. media rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to NBCUniversal for $4.38 billion.
- Comcast and Skype launch a partnership to bring a new HD video calling experience to the television for Xfinity customers in 2012.
- Comcast announces it is working with leading technology and content providers to deliver the Company’s next-generation Xfinity TV experience, X1. This new experience will transform the way consumers watch television with a new guide and user interface, making the TV screen more interactive, personal and social.
- Brian Roberts demonstrates the first 1 gigabit connection over a live broadband network at the Consumer Electronics Show by downloading close to nine hours of content in about 90 seconds.
- NBCUniversal completes the purchase of The Blackstone Group’s 50 percent interest in Universal Orlando. NBCUniversal and its affiliates become 100 percent owners of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk located at Universal Orlando Resort. The enterprise value of the transaction is $3.165 billion.
- Comcast and NBCUniversal partner to launch dynamic ad insertion in On Demand programming. The partnership further leverages On Demand service as an advertising platform and allows clients to more effectively target their marketing messages.
- The Xfinity Mobile app becomes available on BlackBerry devices.
- Comcast expands the carriage of nine Hispanic networks — Azteca America, Galavision, HITN, LATV, mun2, Telefutura, Telemundo, Univision and nuvoTV — by approximately 17 million total subscribers.
- Comcast is named Operator of the Year by leading industry trade publication Multichannel News.
- Comcast awarded the title of fastest residential and business Internet service provider in the nation by PC Magazine.
- NBCUniversal’s Telemundo acquires exclusive Spanish language U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup soccer from 2015 through 2022.
- Comcast launches an updated XfinityTV.com. The site features a new look, easy one-click access to the best and most current TV shows and movies, and more tools to personalize the viewing experience.
- Comcast announces a partnership with Microsoft to bring Xfinity On Demand to the Xbox 360.
- Neil Smit is named Chief Executive Officer for Comcast Cable Communications.
- NBCUniversal announces a new and extensive media rights agreement to extend its NFL rights package through the 2022 season. The new agreement includes many enhancements broadening the exposure of NFL content on NBC, and across other NBCUniversal platforms.
- Comcast becomes the first large Internet service provider in North America to start deploying IPv6.
- Comcast launches Xfinity Internet2go (MiFi).
- Comcast offers Readable Voicemail.
- Comcast Labs opens Silicon Valley Center.
- Comcast Ventures creates $20 million Diversity Fund to support minority entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
- Comcast and NBCUniversal deliver first multiplatform Olympics to American viewers, streaming every event live online.
- SpectrumCo, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, sells 122 advanced wireless services spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.
- Comcast Corporation partners with Comcast-Spectacor and The Cordish Companies to create XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, a dining and entertainment district in South Philadelphia.
- Comcast launches 305 Mbps high-speed Internet service.
- Internet Essentials enrolls 100,000 families.
- Comcast announces it has signed distribution agreements with diverse, independent networks, including Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ REVOLT, BabyFirst America and others, to bring minority-owned and independent content to viewers nationwide.
- Comcast launches nation’s first tailored Triple Play package for the Hispanic market.
- Comcast reveals Project Dayview, a cross-platform user interface that brings customers a real-time snapshot of their day, on any screen.
- Comcast is named Top Company for Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine.
- Comcast and The Walt Disney Company announce unprecedented, long-term comprehensive distribution agreement that will deliver Disney’s top-quality sports, news and entertainment content to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers into the next decade on television, online, and on tablets and handheld devices.
- Comcast, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and civic and community leaders kick off year two of the groundbreaking Internet Essentials Program designed to help close the digital divide.
- Comcast Leaders and Achievers Program awards nearly $2 million to high school seniors nationwide.
- Comcast begins National launch of X1, the next-generation cloud-enabled television platform, and introduces the X1 Remote Control app.
- Comcast honored as Top 10 Company for its work with veteran-owned businesses.
- Comcast launches new streaming video service, Xfinity Streampix.
- The Comcast Labs showcase launches at Comcast Center.
- Comcast SportsNet Houston launches.
- Comcast acquires GE’s entire 49% common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for approximately $16.7 billion Additionally, NBCUniversal purchases from GE the properties used by NBCUniversal at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and CNBC’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ for approximately $1.4 billion.
- Comcast and Fox reach a long-term comprehensive programming agreement. Fox’s wide array of entertainment, sports and local news content will be available to Comcast XFINITY TV customers across multiple platforms.
- Comcast Business Services launches Comcast Business Hospitality, a new product suite consisting of Ethernet, Internet, video and voice services packaged in one integrated offering customized for the hospitality industry.
- Comcast Business Services unveils Upware™ – a cloud-based business-to-business software marketplace for small business customers.
- Comcast introduces Constant Guard Mobile, an app that can be downloaded onto smartphones and tablets to help protect XFINITY Internet customers while they browse, shop and bank online on-the-go.
- Comcast becomes the first service provider in the world to achieve Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum for E-Line and E-LAN services.
NBCUniversal TimelineThe story of NBCUniversal reaches back more than a century and involves two great companies, NBC and Universal. Beginning in the early years of the twentieth century, these two companies would create extraordinary legacies of accomplishment in the exciting new worlds of motion picture production and distribution, location-based entertainment, and radio and television production and broadcasting. Today, as one company under the ownership of Comcast, NBCUniversal continues to build on its legacy of quality and innovation.
- Independent Moving Pictures Company merges with five other film companies to create Universal Film Manufacturing Company, encompassing all facets of the movie industry: production, distribution and exhibition.
- Universal City officially opens. Thomas Edison, founder of GE, dedicates Universal’s state-of-the-art electric studio.
- Landmark radio broadcasts for NBC include the Rose Bowl (first coast-to-coast radio network broadcast), the Tunney-Dempsey heavyweight fight and Lindbergh’s U.S. return after the first trans-Atlantic flight.
- NBC introduces its first radio serial drama, Real Folks.
- Universal opens its first “talking picture,” Melody of Love.
- Dracula and Frankenstein are released, beginning Universal’s leadership in the horror genre.
- NBC begins experimental TV broadcasts from atop new Empire State Building.
- Arturo Toscanini makes first appearance conducting NBC Symphony Orchestra from the world’s then-largest broadcast studio, Studio 8-H in Rockefeller Center.
- Devised by Lew Wasserman, MCA radio show Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge, debuts on NBC Radio.
- NBC demonstrates television at New York World’s Fair and begins regular New York TV program service. The first Major League Baseball and pro football telecasts are aired on NBC.
- Meet the Press, Howdy Doody, and Kraft Television Theatre debut on NBC TV.
- First televised World Series is broadcast by NBC.
- Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle is TV’s first runaway hit on NBC.
- TV plays first major role in covering a presidential election as NBC televises the nominating conventions.
- The Camel Newsreel Theater is the first regularly scheduled newscast on NBC.
- Driven by the success of NBC’s Milton Berle, television ownership increases from approximately 175,000 to 1 million by year’s end.
- NBC pioneers daytime television with the Kate Smith Hour and introduces Sid Caesar in Your Show of Shows.
- NBC inaugurates first regular coast-to-coast TV network service and begins field tests for color TV.
- NBC’s Dragnet debuts as one of TV’s earliest and most successful crime series.
- NBC begins first compatible color broadcasts, preceding other networks by nine years.
- General Electric Theater by Universal premieres. A year later, Ronald Reagan becomes host.
- Universal releases its first 3-D film, It Came From Outer Space.
- The Tonight Show, TV’s first successful late-night talk show on NBC, debuts with Steve Allen.
- The first TV “spectacular,” Satin and Spurs, is shown on NBC; a programming innovation, the “spectacular” broke with the then-standard custom of airing programs sponsored (and controlled) by a single advertiser, in favor of a program controlled by the network, with commercial time sold to multiple advertisers.
- The first color coverage of sports events are presented on NBC.
- NBC Radio introduces Monitor, a new weekend program service.
- Mary Martin stars in Peter Pan on NBC; the broadcast draws a record-breaking estimated audience of 65 million.
- Chet Huntley and David Brinkley gain national acclaim for their election coverage and their subsequent Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC.
- Nat King Cole is first major black artist to have his own network series, on NBC.
- Wagon Train and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show debut on NBC.
- Jack Paar becomes host of The Tonight Show on NBC.
- MCA and Universal buy Paramount Studios’ pre-1948 sound film library in richest TV syndication deal to date.
- NBC initiates presidential TV debates (Kennedy and Nixon).
- First NBC White Paper is produced, beginning a long-running documentary series.
- NBC Saturday Night at the Movies marks the first regular network showing of a theatrical feature film.
- Universal’s Spartacus spears four Academy Awards.
- Johnny Carson takes over as host of The Tonight Show on NBC.
- The Virginian debuts as TV’s first 90-minute series on NBC.
- MCA purchases Decca Records, and with it, Universal Pictures.
- NBC News devotes 71 hours to coverage of the assassination and funeral of President Kennedy.
- NBC is the first network to devote an entire evening to a news documentary: a three-hour report on the civil rights movement.
- Gregory Peck receives Best Actor Oscar for Universal’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
- NBC presents first made-for-television movie.
- NBC Sports televises the Tokyo Olympic Games.
- Universal Studios Tour opens for business, a reincarnation of the original Universal tour that was halted in the late 1920s, when “talkies” became the norm and producers demanded a set free of noise from visitors.
- MCA acquires Alfred Hitchcock’s Shamley Productions, including rights to Psycho and all his television work.
- NBC’s Today is the first regularly scheduled program to use communications satellite transmission.
- NBC’s primetime schedule is virtually all in color, another TV first.
- Bill Cosby becomes first black actor to have a leading role in a series, NBC’s I Spy.
- NBC’s Ironside, the popular detective series starring Raymond Burr, debuts.
- A revolutionary concept in comedy, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, debuts on NBC.
- NBC airs one of the biggest upsets in sports history, the 1969 Super Bowl where the New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts 16 to 7.
- The NBC Mystery Movie, rotating three different detective series, introduces Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo.
- Breaking new ground, NBC launches Tomorrow, a late-late-night talk program.
- American Graffiti becomes an instant classic.
- One of TV’s most successful family series, Little House on the Prairie, is launched on NBC.
- Universal’s The Sting captures seven Academy Awards, among them Best Picture.
- Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC, and with it, a new standard in TV comedy.
- Universal Pictures’ JAWS opens and is considered to be the first blockbuster movie.
- NBC’s Holocaust miniseries attracts 107 million viewers and wins 21 major awards.
- Universal’s The Deer Hunter brings home four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
- NBC’s miniseries Shogun wins huge audiences and critical praise.
- Universal’s MCA Home Entertainment Group founded, creating catalog video distribution division.
- Bravo launches.
- Landmark series Hill Street Blues is introduced on NBC. The innovative police series is destined to become one of TV’s most-honored programs.
- The debut of Late Night with David Letterman introduces a new irreverent style of TV comedy on NBC. Other innovations include the debut of NBC News Overnight.
- Quality primetime series such as Cheers, St. Elsewhere and Family Ties make NBC a favorite with critics.
- Universal’s E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial takes over the domestic and international box offices.
- NBC programs receive 133 Emmy Award nominations — the most ever by one network — and 33 primetime awards, more than the other two networks combined.
- Tom Brokaw becomes the sole anchor of Nightly News on NBC.
- NBC’s Today airs the first-ever live telecast from the coliseum in Rome, the first time American TV cameras have been allowed inside the Pauline Chapel, the Pope’s private chapel. Pope John Paul II celebrates mass for the Today staff.
- NBC has its most successful season in 30 years with nine of the top 20 programs, including Miami Vice and Golden Girls.
- NBC becomes the first commercial TV network to transmit all programming to stations via satellite system, and the first to institute stereocasting on a regular basis.
- Universal’s Out of Africa honored with Best Picture Oscar.
- Back to the Future premieres.
- General Electric acquires RCA and becomes NBC’s parent company.
- NBC News launches Skycom, a domestic and international satellite system facilitating news exchange between NBC-TV affiliates.
- NBC primetime programs earn 140 Emmy nominations, leading other networks for the sixth straight year.
- NBC’s Today goes on the road to the People’s Republic of China to report on the cultural treasures of the world’s most populous nation.
- NBC broadcasts the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, the second time in history that the Games have taken place in Asia. This marks the last time that athletes from the two Germanys would compete as separate countries. Track-and-field stars Florence Griffith-Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee set new world records.
- The NBC hit sitcom Seinfeld makes its debut as The Seinfeld Chronicles. The program becomes a ratings powerhouse for NBC in the 1993-94 primetime season.
- NBC launches CNBC, a business and financial cable TV network, and begins building a portfolio of cable properties.
- NBC launches The More You Know, a multiple award-winning public service campaign that addresses issues such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy, violence prevention, peer pressure and sexually transmitted diseases.
- NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw exclusively covers the fall of the Berlin Wall live.
- Field of Dreams premieres.
- Law & Order, the “mother ship” of the successful crime series franchise, makes its debut on NBC.
- Universal Studios Florida opens in Orlando.
- NBC News Channel, the NBC affiliate news service, is launched. The service provides video, original reports and customized packages to over 200 NBC-affiliated stations.
- Universal’s Sci Fi Channel launches.
- Jay Leno takes over as the new host of NBC’s The Tonight Show.
- Bryant Gumbel leads NBC’s Today on a journey to Africa.
- Dateline NBC premieres.
- NBC brands Thursday nights “Must See TV.”
- Frasier premieres, and Seinfeld and Mad About You move to Thursday nights on NBC.
- Conan O’Brien takes over as host of Late Night on NBC.
- Universal and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List wins Academy Award for Best Picture.
- Universal Studio Orlando’s CityWalk opens.
- Universal and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premieres.
- Blockbuster hits ER and Friends premiere on Thursday nights on NBC.
- Saturday Night Live celebrates its 20th anniversary on NBC.
- NBC opens its $15 million “window-on-the-world” studio, creating a new home for Today and a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
- NBC’s new series ER, Frasier and Mad About You capture Peabody Awards, the first triple award for any network in the same year.
- Jay Leno surpasses David Letterman in late-night ratings war, and NBC recaptures tradition of dominance in late-night programming.
- NBC dominates the primetime Emmy nominations.
- CNBC Asia makes its debut as the first service to feature programming produced on three continents.
- The NBC network launches NBC.com, its World Wide Web site on the Internet.
- Ron Meyer appointed president and COO of Universal, succeeding Sidney Sheinberg.
- NBC’s primetime lineup is No. 1 in every key category.
- The hit series 3rd Rock from the Sun debuts in the first quarter on NBC.
- The network launches two new services: NBC Asia, a general news and information channel in Asia, and CNBC Europe, an ideal complement to NBC Europe.
- The Games of the XXVI Olympiad take place in Atlanta, GA, marking the third straight Summer Olympics telecast for NBC.
- NBC acquires the broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2008.
- NBC and Microsoft launch MSNBC, a 24-hour news and information cable network and interactive online service.
- NBC’s Today celebrates 100 weeks in first place.
- Meet the Press celebrates its 50th anniversary on NBC.
- Matt Lauer becomes co-host of Today on NBC.
- ER’s season-opening episode is performed live on NBC.
- TV’s most successful franchise, Law & Order on NBC, wins Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
- Seinfeld airs its final episode on NBC, attracting over 76 million viewers.
- For the third year in a row, NBC ends the season No. 1 in every key category.
- CNBC celebrates its 10th anniversary with distribution to 160 million homes worldwide.
- CNBC’s Business Center marks the first time ever a live, anchored, broadcast show is based on the New York Stock Exchange floor.
- NBC’s new fall hits are The West Wing, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Third Watch.
- Islands of Adventure, the Portofino Resort and Universal CityWalk open at Universal Studios Orlando.
- NBC’s broadcast of the Olympic Games in Sydney garners 185 million viewers.
- The Today show on NBC launches its ratings-winning third hour.
- Universal premieres Meet the Parents and Gladiator.
- NBC marks its 75th anniversary; announces 3-hour primetime special for May 2002.
- Universal Studios Japan stages grand opening and shatters attendance records worldwide.
- Universal gains USA Network assets including USA Films, later renamed Focus Features.
- NBC acquires Telemundo, the nation’s second-largest Spanish-language broadcaster, entertainment cable network Bravo, and KNTV in San Jose/San Francisco.
- The XIX Olympic Winter Games is held in Salt Lake City, UT. This marks NBC’s first coverage of the Olympic Winter Games since 1972. The Games are the second-most-watched Winter Games in history, attracting 187 million American viewers.
- NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment announce agreement to merge and form new entity called NBC Universal.
- NBC acquires television rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.
- NBC claims its third consecutive primetime ratings win in adults 18-49 and seventh victorious season in eight years.
- In its thirteenth season, Law & Order marks its 300th episode, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit passes the 100-episode milestone on NBC.
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy debuts on Bravo and becomes a smash hit.
- Universal becomes first studio with five summer releases breaking $100 million mark.
- NBC and Universal join together to create NBC Universal, a diversified media powerhouse with a broad portfolio including broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo; widely distributed cable networks such as USA Network, SCI FI, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC; the Universal Pictures movie studio; a television production studio; theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando; and television stations in major markets across the United States.
- NBC Universal’s content is distributed to more than 200 countries around the world.
- USA Network on NBC Universal launches The 4400, which garnered three Emmy nominations, including one for best miniseries, and stayed on the air for four hit seasons.
- Universal Pictures’ The Bourne Supremacy, the sequel to The Bourne Identity, opens, going on to gross more than $280 million worldwide.
- NBC Universal kicks off coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens, Greece, with an unprecedented 1,210 hours of coverage. The Games were watched by 203 million Americans — the most-watched non-U.S. Olympics in history to date.
- NBC Universal wins 11 Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Kelsey Grammer in Frasier), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Allison Janney in The West Wing), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (David Hyde Pierce in Frasier).
- Universal Pictures’ Ray opens. The movie will pick up an Oscar for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) on its way to a worldwide box office of $125 million.
- House, produced by Universal Media Studios, premieres on Fox. It would be the No. 1 scripted show on television in 2007 and 2008.
- Project Runway premieres on Bravo, eventually winning a Peabody Award as well as several Primetime Emmy nominations.
- Brian Williams replaces Tom Brokaw as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. The NBC news flagship program continues to be the highest-rated evening newscast.
- Universal Pictures’ Meet the Fockers opens. It would become the highest-grossing live-action comedy in history at the time, earning more than $500 million worldwide.
- Battlestar Galactica airs on SCI FI Channel to critical acclaim and high ratings. The debut episode would win the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Drama and the series would take home a Peabody Award.
- NBC Universal receives two Golden Globes: Best Actor, Musical or Comedy (Jamie Foxx in Ray) and Best Actress, Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
- The Office premieres on NBC. Over the next few seasons, the critically acclaimed comedy series would win multiple Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.
- NBC is awarded the rights to the NFL’s Sunday night primetime package, which includes the 2009 and 2012 Super Bowls.
- Universal Pictures’ The 40 Year Old Virgin opens. Starring Steve Carell from NBC’s The Office, the film would gross more than $175 million worldwide.
- Focus Features’ The Constant Gardener opens. Actress Rachel Weisz would win an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her starring role.
- NBC Universal wins eight Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub in Monk), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Patricia Arquette in Medium), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Shore for House).
- Focus Features’ Pride & Prejudice opens, going on to gross more than $120 million worldwide and receive four Academy Award nominations.
- Universal Pictures’ King Kong opens, eventually grossing more than $550 million worldwide and winning three Oscars.
- Focus Features’ Brokeback Mountain opens. The movie would become Focus Features’ top-grossing film ever with $180 million at the box office, and would win Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.
- NBC’s Today marks 10 consecutive years in first place among morning news programs.
- NBC Universal finishes its first full calendar year with double-digit growth in operating profit to more than $3 billion, driven by strength across a number of business segments, including cable entertainment, parks and film.
- Sleuth, a digital cable channel dedicated to crime and mystery programming, launches on NBC.
- NBC Universal receives seven Golden Globes, including Best Drama (Brokeback Mountain), Best Director (Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain), and Best Actor, Comedy or Musical (Steve Carell in The Office).
- NBC Universal kicks off coverage of the Winter Olympics from Torino, Italy, with an unprecedented 416 hours of programming.
- NBC Universal wins seven Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener), Best Director (Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain), and Best Writing — Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for Brokeback Mountain).
- NBC Universal announces the acquisition of iVillage, one of the nation’s most successful women-oriented websites.
- Jerry Springer, which is distributed by NBC Universal, celebrates its 3,000th episode, highlighting excerpts from past episodes.
- Universal Pictures’ The Break-Up opens. The comedy will go on to gross more than $200 million worldwide.
- USA network launches Psych, which goes on to become the No. 1 new cable series of 2006.
- MSNBC, the only leading news source with an online companion, MSNBC.com, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- NBC Universal wins seven Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series (The Office), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub in Monk), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Megan Mullally in Will & Grace).
- NBC returns to the NFL for the first time since the 1997 season, broadcasting the Thursday night season-opener between the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins.
- Access Hollywood on NBC celebrates 10 years in national syndication.
- Meredith Vieira makes her debut as co-anchor of NBC’s Today.
- Universal Pictures and Top Up TV enter into an agreement to launch PictureBox, a subscription-on-demand service in the U.K.
- Heroes premieres on NBC.
- 30 Rock premieres on NBC. Starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, the critically acclaimed comedy would dominate the awards landscape during the next few seasons, with multiple Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.
- CNBC.com launches, the financial news network’s online destination for the latest stock market news, information and headlines.
- USA Network begins unprecedented streak as the No. 1 cable entertainment network.
- NBC Universal wins two Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy (Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama (Hugh Laurie in House, produced by Universal Media Studios).
- Universal enters term deal with Chris Meledandri (previous head of 20th Century Fox Animation) to head up a new animated film division at Universal.
- NBC Universal wins 5 Peabody Awards.
- NBC Sports wins 9 Sports Emmy Awards, more than any other broadcast or cable network.
- Development of Universal Studios Dubailand is announced in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Universal Studios Dubailand will be the first world-class theme park in the Middle East, incorporating environmental characteristics of the destination into its design.
- NBC Universal launches Green Is Universal, a comprehensive program to improve the environmental impact of its operations by reducing greenhouse gases, raising awareness about green issues, and stimulating change in the media and entertainment industry.
- USA Network premieres the miniseries The Starter Wife, which would go on to earn a record-breaking 10 Emmy nominations, a WGA, DGA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.
- NBC Universal wins 6 Daytime Emmy Awards.
- NBC Wins 18 Murrow Awards: NBC News and NBC Stations are honored with 18 national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
- Burn Notice series premiere airs on USA Network, going on to become the No. 1 new cable series of 2007.
- Universal Pictures ends the summer with four $100 million-plus hits: Knocked Up, Evan Almighty, The Bourne Ultimatum and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
- Today launches its fourth hour on NBC.
- Dead Zone ends its six-year run on USA Network.
- NBC Universal wins seven Emmy Awards, more than any other broadcast network, including statues for Outstanding Comedy Series (30 Rock), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Judy Davis in USA’s The Starter Wife), and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program (Late Night with Conan O’Brien).
- Chuck debuts on NBC; NBC News wins 4 News Emmy Awards.
- Green Is Universal presents an unprecedented company-wide weeklong programming effort in which every division of NBC Universal devotes its resources and time to help raise awareness, educate and activate consumers about environmental causes.
- NBC Universal completes acquisition of Oxygen Media, one of the nation’s leading female-focused cable networks. Part of NBCU’s strategy to transform its portfolio and focus on assets with potential for rapid growth, the acquisition strengthens NBC Universal’s leadership in female-focused media.
- NBC Universal’s CNBC wins two Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting.
- Focus Features launches www.filminfocus.com, a unique site established as an online destination for film lovers around the world.
- NBC Universal generates operating profit of $3.5 billion in 2007, its best year ever. Growth is driven by record-breaking results at Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts and Cable Entertainment.
- NBC Sports broadcasts the first-ever outdoor NHL game held in the United States, the inaugural Winter Classic.
- NBC Universal garners three Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Drama (Atonement), Best Original Score, Motion Picture (Atonement), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy (Tina Fey in 30 Rock).
- "The Disaster!" ride opens at Universal Studios Florida.
- Video website Hulu launches. The innovative joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp. provides premium content to users online for free in an ad-based environment.
- NBC Universal Global Networks launches one of its most successful channel brands, SCI FI, for the first time in Japan. The launch, part of Global Networks ongoing channels expansion plan, is the first in Asia.
- Kathie Lee Gifford joins Hoda Kotb as co-host of the fourth hour of Today on NBC.
- NBC Universal wins three Sports Emmy Awards for Sunday Night Football.
- "The Simpsons Ride" opens at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Hollywood. The ride takes guests on a thrilling adventure with the Simpson family, incorporating the show’s classic humor and instantly recognizable characters, all voiced by the original actors.
- NBC Universal Global Networks announces the launch of two of its most successful brands in Russia, Universal Channel and SCI FI.
- In Plain Sight premieres on USA Network, going on to become the No. 1 new cable series of 2008.
- NBC Sports broadcasts the first-ever U.S. Open golf championship scheduled for primetime.
- NBC Universal, along with two equity partners, acquires The Weather Channel. The addition of The Weather Channel to NBC Universal’s NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC makes the company the leading provider of news, information and weather, both online and on television.
- Mamma Mia! opens in the U.S. and then expands globally to great success, including becoming the top-grossing movie of all time in the U.K. Global box-office revenues would surpass $600 million.
- NBC Universal begins coverage of the Summer Olympic Games from Beijing. At the time, the Games would be the most-watched television event in U.S. history, with 215 million Americans tuning in.
- NBC Universal acquires Carnival Film & Television Ltd., a U.K.-based television production company.
- USA Network airs the 100th episode of the Emmy Award-winning series Monk.
- The Rachel Maddow Show premieres on MSNBC, going on to out-rate CNN’s Larry King Live after seven weeks. Host Rachel Maddow also went on to win a Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement.
- NBC Universal and Apple announce the return of NBC Universal programming to iTunes. For the first time, content providers will be able to offer consumers their products over iTunes with flexibility in pricing and packaging, rather than being restricted by a "one-price-fits-all" model.
- NBC Universal wins 17 Emmy Awards, including four for 30 Rock, 11 total for NBC, and three for SCI FI.
- Telemundo and Grupo Televisa announce an agreement to broadcast soccer matches of the premier Mexican teams in the U.S., strengthening Telemundo’s position as the home of the best in sports programming for U.S. Hispanics.
- Universal’s Mamma Mia! The Movie becomes the biggest selling DVD of all time in the U.K. and Nordic region.
- David Gregory makes his debut as moderator of Meet the Press on NBC, the longest-running show on television.
- USA Network celebrates its third straight year as the No. 1 cable network, marking the best year ever for a network in the history of cable and the first time a cable network has out-rated a broadcast network.
- NBC Universal concludes another year of record financial performance, with the company’s major cable networks — USA, SCI FI, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC and MSNBC — all ending the year with record ratings and profitability, and Universal Pictures having its best-ever year at the box office, generating $2.8 billion in box-office revenue.
- NBC Universal wins four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor, Comedy or Musical (Colin Farrell in In Bruges), Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical (30 Rock), and two wins for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical (Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock).
- NBC Universal wins five Screen Actors Guild Awards, including three for 30 Rock.
- NBC broadcasts its first Super Bowl in 11 years, setting a record for largest TV viewing audience ever.
- NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien signs off after 16 seasons.
- Focus Features picks up two Academy Awards for Milk: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Sean Penn) and Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Vance Black).
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC.
- President Barack Obama appears on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, becoming the first sitting president to appear on a late-night television show.
- Telemundo launches "Hazte Contar!" The public service campaign is designed to educate and increase awareness of the 2010 census among Hispanics.
- NBC Universal is honored with three Peabody Awards in three distinct genres — news, sports and entertainment.
- NBC’s hit drama ER concludes its 15-year run. One of television’s all-time great shows, ER was the No. 1 drama on TV for 10 seasons and is the most Emmy-nominated show in history.
- Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious opens. The fourth installment of the franchise grossed over $100 million worldwide in its opening weekend and broke several box office records, including the biggest April movie opening ever, and the biggest three-day opening in Universal’s history.
- CNBC celebrates its 20th anniversary by ringing the opening and closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, becoming one of the first organizations to ring the bell twice on the same day. It was the largest group to ever ring a closing or opening bell in NYSE’s history.
- NBC Sports wins 11 Emmy Awards, the most of any network.
- NBC Sports broadcasts the Kentucky Derby. The coverage was seen by more than 16 million viewers, making it the most-watched Kentucky Derby in 20 years.
- NBC.com wins six Webby Awards, including the Heroes and The Office webisodes as well as the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon web series and NBC Rewind, NBC.com’s full episode player.
- SCI FI Channel relaunches with new name and logo: Syfy — pronounced "sci fi."
- NBC Universal wins 20 Emmy Awards, including 5 for 30 Rock, which claimed its third consecutive win for Outstanding Comedy Series.
- Comcast and General Electric announce they have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE and managed by Comcast. The joint venture will consist of NBC Universal businesses and Comcast’s cable networks, regional sports networks, and certain digital properties and unconsolidated investments.
- After eight seasons on air, Monk ends its run on the USA Network. The show was the first basic cable series to have its repeats air in primetime on two broadcast networks. With 9.4 million viewers tuning in, the series finale set a record for the most-watched episode of a drama series on basic cable.
- NBC Universal begins coverage of the Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada, with more than 835 hours of coverage on six platforms, more hours than the last two Winter Olympics combined.
- Jay Leno returns to his role as host of NBC’s Tonight Show, which he had previously hosted from May 1992 until May 2009.
- Despicable Me becomes Universal Pictures’ seventh-highest opening film of all time, and one of the most profitable films in Universal’s history.
- USA Network debuts the CIA drama Covert Affairs, continuing USA’s tradition of launching the hottest shows on cable for a fifth year in a row.
- NBC News presents the inaugural Education Nation, an initiative with the goal of starting a national conversation about the state of education in the United States. The three-day event marks an unprecedented gathering of leaders in education, business and government along with parents, teachers and students.
- Universal’s Islands of Adventure debuts The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- Comcast and General Electric finalize their agreement to form a joint venture consisting of NBC Universal businesses and Comcast’s cable networks, regional sports networks, and certain digital properties and unconsolidated investments. The joint venture, NBCUniversal, is majority owned and managed by Comcast.
- NBC Sports and the National Hockey League announce a 10-year television and media rights deal, under which NBC remains the exclusive network home and VERSUS the exclusive cable home of the NHL in the U.S.
- Universal Pictures’ Fast Five, the fifth installment in the franchise, opens to $86.2 million at the North American box office, becoming the biggest 3-day opening weekend in Universal history and the biggest April opening ever, besting Universal’s previous installment, Fast & Furious.
- NBCUniversal acquires U.S. media rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games for $4.38 billion. The deal means that at the conclusion of the 2020 Games, NBC will have broadcast 11 consecutive Olympics.
- NBC Sports broadcasts Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. With an audience of more than 8.5 million viewers, the game is the highest-rated NHL game in 37 years.
- NBCUniversal acquires the 50% of Universal Studios Orlando that it did not already own from Blackstone. The move reflects NBCUniversal’s long-term commitment to the theme park business.
- Telemundo acquires Spanish-language U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup soccer from 2015 through 2022. The agreement includes the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, among other FIFA events.
- NBCUniversal signs a deal to extend its NFL rights package through the 2022 season. The agreement includes new features such as upgraded playoff coverage and an annual primetime game broadcast on Thanksgiving beginning in 2012. In addition to the 2012 Super Bowl, NBC will broadcast the Super Bowl in 2015, 2018 and 2021.
- Cable sports network VERSUS is re-launched as the NBC Sports Network. The channel is a 24/7 destination for the same award-winning storytelling and top-shelf production that has been synonymous with NBC Sports for over 60 years.
- Broadcast by NBC, Super Bowl XLVI sets a record as the most-watched show in U.S. television history, with more than 111 million Americans tuning in. Also marks the first time the Super Bowl was live-streamed on the Internet.
- Universal Pictures’ Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax notches the biggest box-office debut weekend of the year, with more than $70 million in domestic box-office receipts.
- Ratings winner America’s Got Talent makes its season 7 debut, with Howard Stern joining the show as one of the judges.
- "Transformers: The Ride — 3D" opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park’s most ambitious ride ever created.
- During its opening weekend, Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom sets the record for the highest per-screen average for a live-action movie.
- NBC News and CNBC win five Edward R. Murrow Awards, including NBC News’ taking the most prestigious honor, for Overall Excellence, for the fourth consecutive year.
- CNBC and Yahoo! Finance announce a content, programming and distribution alliance, whereby the two services will deliver enhanced content across multiple media platforms to a combined 40 million online users and CNBC’s nearly 100 million households in the United States.
- Universal Pictures’ Ted has third-best debut ever for an R-rated comedy at $54.1 million.
- The 3-D ride "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" opens at Universal Studios Florida.
- The London Olympics are watched by 219 million Americans on the channels of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. history.
- NBC’s America's Got Talent is the No. 1 summer series for a seventh year in a row.