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History

An American Success Story

1963: Ralph Roberts Founds Comcast

One word describes Comcast founder Ralph Roberts: visionary. From Comcast’s humble beginnings in Tupelo, MS, to its leadership in the worlds of media and technology, Comcast has always been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. Ralph Roberts worked closely with Julian Brodsky and Dan Aaron to build Comcast into one of America’s leading companies, bringing TV, high-speed Internet and digital phone to millions of people. 

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Innovation

Revolutionizing the TV Experience with Cloud Technology

2012: Comcast Launches X1 Entertainment Operating System

In 2012, Comcast launched X1, a cloud-enabled video platform that transformed the TV into an interactive, integrated entertainment experience. In 2014, Comcast will introduce the next generation of the X1 entertainment operating system designed to make navigation, search and discovery of content easier and quicker than ever before. Featuring a new, sleek and customizable user interface that will be consistent across devices, customers will be able to manage all of their content from any screen, anywhere, anytime.  X1 will be more personalized and become smarter over time.  New voice controls and social integration will enable customers to navigate the platform quickly and easily. Through the power of the cloud and the Comcast network, X1's flexible platform enables the company to rapidly innovate and redefine how its customers enjoy entertainment, connect and communicate. 

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History

Comcast Center: Philadelphia's New Landmark

2008: Comcast Opens New Headquarters; Tallest Building In Philadelphia

In everything we do, Comcast aims to surprise and delight people with the newest technologies and entertainment. Our corporate headquarters is no exception. The Comcast Experience, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays located in the Comcast Center lobby, has quickly become a community gathering spot, tourist destination and holiday tradition in Philadelphia. This technological wonder displays stunning imagery from art to nature, from astronomy to historical locations, as well as special live sporting events, major news moments and "The Comcast Holiday Spectacular," a festive production that enchants audiences every year. 

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History

NBCUniversal Joins Comcast: Shaping the Future of Media and Technology

2011: Comcast and NBCUniversal Transaction Closes

On January 28, 2011, Comcast and General Electric received regulatory clearance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice for a joint venture to consist of the NBCUniversal businesses and Comcast cable networks, regional sports networks and certain digital properties. With that, a new chapter in NBCUniversal and Comcast Corporation’s history began. The partnership brings two visionary companies together and positions Comcast at the intersection of media and technology, enabling it to deliver new innovation to customers, viewers and businesses well into the future. On February 12, 2013, Comcast acquired General Electric's entire 49 percent common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture.

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Sports

NBCUniversal’s 2012 London Olympics: Most-Watched Event in U.S. TV History

2012: Comcast and NBCUniversal Bring First Multiplatform Olympics to Americans; Break Viewing Records

Comcast and NBCUniversal provided viewers with awe-inspiring coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. For the first time in history, Comcast and NBCUniversal streamed every event live and gave viewers unprecedented access to the summer games — online, On Demand and on TV. The 2012 Games broke more than just Olympic records as the most-watched event in U.S. TV history. In February 2014, Comcast and NBCUniversal will deliver unsurpassed coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, providing more ways for viewers to experience the Winter Olympics than ever before.
  

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TV Everywhere

Delivering More Content to More Devices Anytime, Anywhere

2013: Comcast Launches New Xfinity TV Go App with Live Streaming

Time-shifted viewing has fundamentally changed the way Americans watch TV. Starting with the launch of On Demand in 2003, Comcast remains at the forefront of this evolution by continually developing new technologies that give customers more access to more content across more devices. In 2008, they were one of the first providers to offer On Demand streaming of TV shows and movies online via XfinityTV.com. In 2010, the Xfinity TV app reinvented how viewers watch TV by allowing them to use their mobile devices to search across platforms and find what they want to watch, when and where they want to watch it, and in 2012, the company broadened the number of choices by launching Streampix. Most recently, the company debuted a live streaming feature for its Xfinity TV Go app enabling customers to watch live news, sports, kids programming directly on their mobile devices, anytime, anywhere. 

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TV Firsts

‘Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night’

1975: Saturday Night Live Debuts

The year 1975 marked the debut of Saturday Night Live (SNL) on NBC. With its memorable skits, characters and hosts, SNL created a new standard for TV programming while its unforgettable moments continue to entertain generation after generation. NBC’s innovative approach to programming does not stop there. Award-winning shows like Cheers, Matlock, Law & Order, The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Friends and ER are all among NBC’s sensational programming achievements. 

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Film & Theme Parks

Universal Parks & Resorts: Bringing Movie Magic To Life

2010: Universal Debuts ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’

Every day we bring movies to life at Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore. Using innovative story-telling and cutting-edge technology, we take your favorite characters and movies — Harry Potter, Transformers, Despicable Me — and turn them into live entertainment experiences. Guests will soon board "Hogwarts Express" at Universal Studios Florida to travel between "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade," which opened in 2010, and "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley" when it opens next year, just like in the books and films. "Transformers: The Ride — 3D," "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem," "Shrek 4-D" and "King Kong 360 3-D" at Universal Studios Hollywood wow audiences daily with heart-pounding action and special effects. 

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Innovation

Comcast Labs: Reimagining the Future of Media and Entertainment

2010: Comcast Labs Opens Silicon Valley Center

To lead technology advancement, Comcast has invested in exciting startups and talent all over the United States. With more than a thousand software engineers in locations like the Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Denver, New York and Philadelphia, Comcast is combining the passion of startup companies with our network’s energizing talent and business leaders. Comcast Labs engineers have over 300 patent families, in addition to designing and developing the X1 Operating System, apps and other innovations that will power tomorrow's technology.

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Sports

NBC Covers Iconic Olympic Moments; Begins Olympic Tradition

1936: NBC Radio Broadcasts Berlin Summer Olympics Live

Many significant Olympic moments have been captured and aired by NBC. From the first live radio broadcast of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where underdog Jesse Owens won four gold medals in Track and Field, to NBC’s Olympic TV debut in 1964 with the Tokyo Summer Games, to coverage of Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time in 2012, NBC has brought the most exciting Olympic moments in history to millions of Americans. 

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Values

Comcast Creates Largest Annual Day of Corporate Volunteerism in U.S.

2001: Annual Comcast Cares Day Effort Launches

Comcast Cares Day is our company’s signature celebration of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. What began in 2001 in our corporate hometown of Philadelphia with about 6,000 volunteers has evolved into an annual tradition. In 2013, a record 85,000-plus volunteers contributed more than half a million hours to improve more than 750 parks, schools, beaches, senior centers and other vital community sites in seven countries worldwide. Since the first Comcast Cares Day, more than half a million volunteers have contributed more than three million service hours. In the words of company founder Ralph Roberts, "It’s a wonderful thing to have people work together for the benefit of others."

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TV Firsts

‘Must See’ NBC

1998: Seinfeld’s Final Episode Attracts 76 Million Viewers

NBCUniversal became a primetime programming powerhouse in the 1990s with "Must See TV." The lineup of popular shows included the history-making comedy The Cosby Show, as well as memorable hits like Cheers, Friends, Family Ties, A Different World, Frasier, Will & Grace, ER and many others. Perhaps no show was as celebrated as Seinfeld. After nine years on the air, the series ended with a two-part finale that was watched by more than 76 million Americans. 

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Film & Theme Parks

Visionary Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Brings Blockbusters to Universal

1975 & 1982: Jaws & E.T. Soar to Success

Groundbreaking when it premiered in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is considered the first blockbuster film — and with its success began an amazing legacy for the filmmaker at Universal. Released in 1982, Spielberg’s E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial was the highest grossing film of the year and remains one of the most successful movies of all time in the United States. This commitment to delivering world-class experiences continues at NBCUniversal, which boasts a library of some of Spielberg’s most popular films, including Jurassic Park and the Academy Award-winning Schindler’s List

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News

Today: The Nation’s First Morning News Program

1952: Today Debuts on NBC

In 1952, Today premiered on NBC, launching a new era in how Americans get their news and entertainment. With its blending of national news, lifestyle features and interviews, the program shaped a new genre in television. Today is now the fourth longest-running American TV series and continues to break ground, offering coverage and interviews with some of the most compelling individuals of our time. This trailblazing format, which debuted an innovative new studio and the launch of the social media hub, The Orange Room, in September of 2013, is just a part of NBC’s extensive history of innovative TV programming. 

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History

30 Rock: An American Icon

1933: 30 Rockefeller Center Opens

A building so iconic we call it by its address: 30 Rock. An audacious project undertaken at the height of the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center has been NBC’s headquarters since 1933. Today it is home to NBC News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Today and Saturday Night Live. In addition, The Tonight Show will relocate to 30 Rock from Burbank, Calif., in 2014, where it will be taped just floors apart from Late Night. Every year, 30 Rock hosts a favorite holiday tradition for many American families: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. On February 12, 2013, it was announced that NBCUniversal would purchase from GE the properties used by NBCUniversal at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and CNBC’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

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TV Firsts

NBCUniversal Delivers Top-Rated Cable Entertainment

2006: USA Becomes the #1 Cable Network

NBCUniversal has been delivering top-rated cable entertainment to viewers for decades. Award-winning networks, including USA and Bravo Media, have set industry standards for original programming and ratings achievements. Other cable assets include CNBC, CNBC World, E!, SyFy, Esquire Network, Golf Channel, Chiller, Cloo, Oxygen, mun2, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, Universal HD, G4 and the 13 Comcast regional sports and news networks. 

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Values

Comcast Helps to Bridge the Digital Divide

2013: Comcast Connects 1 Million Low-Income Americans to the Internet at Home

Comcast's Internet Essentials is the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, providing eligible families low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month, the option to purchase a computer for less than $150 and free digital literacy training. In about two years, the program has connected more than 1 million low-income Americans to the power of the Internet at home. While Internet Essentials is bridging the digital divide for millions of students and their families that do not have Internet at home, other programs like ClubTech and Digital Connectors are giving communities the tools they need to succeed in today’s digital world. 
  

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Film & Theme Parks

Focus Features Brings Award-Winning Movies To The World

2012: Focus Features Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Focus Features, part of NBCUniversal, develops and produces award-winning and daring films that captivate audiences. Focus has delivered extraordinary movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation, Milk, The Pianist, The Kids Are All Right, Atonement, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Motorcycle Diaries, The Constant Gardener, A Serious Man, Coraline, ParaNorman, Beginners, Moonrise Kingdom, Anna Karenina, and most recently Dallas Buyers Club

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History

A Pioneer in American Filmmaking and Hollywood Legend

1912: Carl Laemmle Founds Universal Films

A remarkable American success story, German immigrant Carl Laemmle made his vision a reality in 1912 with the creation of the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, the first entity in the brand-new industry that encompassed all three phases of moviemaking: production, distribution and exhibition. Three years later in 1915, he opened the gates to Universal City, the world’s first self-contained moviemaking community. Laemmle’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit drove the growth of an exciting new industry that would change the world. 
  

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The Broadcast Visionary

1926: David Sarnoff Founds NBC

As a young man in the early days of radio, David Sarnoff envisioned a national broadcasting service that would bring entertainment and information into homes across the country. This dream became a reality with the founding of NBC in 1926, a company Sarnoff would guide for more than 40 years. An innovator in radio and TV broadcasting, Sarnoff saw with astonishing clarity the immense possibilities of electronic communication, pioneering what would become one of the most important industries of our time. 

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History

Microsoft Makes a Big Bet on Comcast; Invests in a Vision for Technology

1997: Microsoft Invests $1B in Comcast

Microsoft made a key $1 billion investment in Comcast in 1997 and a solid bet on Comcast’s future and ability to deliver technological innovation in cable and broadband. Microsoft’s Bill Gates said it best: "The vision for technology — and how it could transform the cable business — was the reason we at Microsoft invested in Comcast." 

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History

Comcast Creates Decades of Shareholder Value

1972: Comcast’s Initial Public Stock Offering

 

Perhaps no moment in Comcast Corporation’s history has been more defining than its initial public offering in 1972. From Comcast’s founding in Tupelo, MS, with only 1,200 subscribers to its role as one of the leading media, technology and entertainment companies in the world, Comcast has a long history of creating value for its shareholders. 

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Programming Diversity

Bringing Indie Film and TV to Millions of Americans

2012: Comcast Signs Deal with Independent Networks

Due to Comcast’s broad distribution of independent film and TV network offerings, millions of Americans in and outside of major cities and markets are now able to view exciting independent content on TV and On Demand. In 2013, Comcast launched Earvin "Magic" Johnson’s ASPiRE and Sean "Diddy" Combs’ REVOLT, bringing great minority-owned and independent content to viewers nationwide. Through an annual partnership with Tribeca Film Festival, millions have the opportunity to experience it On Demand at home, with advanced access to featured Festival films and special content.

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Comcast Becomes Nation’s Largest Video Company

2002: Comcast Acquires AT&T Broadband

Comcast made an industry-altering move in 2002 when it acquired AT&T Broadband, noted as one of the smoothest and most successful integrations in telecommunications industry history. Through the acquisition, Comcast grew from 8.5 million subscribers to approximately 21.4 million and gained a nationwide presence. Comcast’s growth and leadership in the cable industry has been driven by innovation and strategic acquisition, including the purchase of assets in companies like Storer Communications (1988), Jones Intercable (1998), Lenfest (2000), Adelphia Communications (2005) and Patriot Media (2007), among others.

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Sports

Giving Fans the Local, National and Global Sports They Love

2011: NBC Sports Group is Formed

After Comcast acquired the majority share of NBCUniversal in 2011, Comcast's existing sports networks - Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and the Comcast SportsNet networks - combined with the NBC Sports portfolio (NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Digital) to form the NBC Sports Group. Today, NBC Sports Group consists of a unique array of broadcast, cable and regional television, radio and digital sports assets, leveraging an unparalleled collection of media rights partnerships. Historic milestones span decades, from the first televised baseball and football games in 1939 to the 2012 London Olympic Games, which became the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

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Innovation

Reimagining How The World Communicates

2008: Comcast Becomes 4th Largest Phone Service Provider

In 2005, Comcast launched its voice service and quickly grew to become the fourth largest phone service provider in the United States with over 10 million subscribers by 2013. XFINITY Voice offers the benefits of a traditional phone, as well as options like an app that enables free calls from Wifi hotspots.

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Values

The Longest-Running Public Service Campaign on Network TV

1989: ‘The More You Know’ public service campaign debuts on NBC

For decades, NBCUniversal’s Emmy Award-winning The More You Know campaign has provided viewers with information that improves their lives and the world around them. This iconic multiplatform campaign focuses on diversity, education, health and the environment, and is the longest-running network public service initiative in the media landscape.  NBCUniversal’s effort to educate viewers and spur civic action does not stop there.  In 2007, it launched Green Is Universal, a commitment to bring an environmentally conscious perspective to all elements of operations, including programming, theme parks, film production and public engagement.

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TV Everywhere

Forever Changing the Way Americans Watch TV

2013: Comcast Reaches 30 Billion On Demand Entertainment Views

Comcast pioneers technologies like Video On Demand that change the way people are informed and entertained. Launched in 2003, Video On Demand usage continues to grow every year. With more than 30 billion views since launch and 400 million views each month alone, On Demand has helped to shift the way Americans watch TV by giving them access to a massive library of shows, movies and content and allowing them to decide when and how they watch it with the simple click of a remote.

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Sports

Entertaining 22 Million People a Year at Comcast-Spectacor Stadiums and Arenas

1996: Comcast and Ed Snider Create Comcast-Spectacor

In 1996, Comcast and Ed Snider, the iconic entrepreneur, joined together to create Comcast-Spectacor, a leading company in the sports management and entertainment industries that provides top-tier experiences for fans in 46 of the 50 United States. Comcast-Spectacor manages 115 state-of-the-art entertainment facilities all over the world, and owns and operates the Philadelphia Flyers hockey franchise, Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975.

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Film & Theme Parks

Universal Marks 100 Years of Iconic Movie Moments

2012: Universal’s Centennial Celebration

Universal celebrated a century of movie memories by marking its 100th anniversary in 2012. What began as one man’s dream grew into the largest movie studio in the world and the longest-running movie studio in the United States. Universal’s rich history and cultural legacy can be seen in such beloved films as To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankenstein, E.T.Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Ray and more recently, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2

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Programming Diversity

The Largest Producer of Spanish-Language Content in the U.S.

2013: Telemundo Now Offers Unprecedented Access Anytime, Anywhere

NBCUniversal has invested significantly in Telemundo, helping it to become the largest producer of Spanish-language primetime content in the United States and the second-largest distributor of Spanish-language content in the world. In 2013, Telemundo Media announced the launch of the Telemundo Now app, on iOS and Android devices. This new platform offers unprecedented access to Telemundo episodes the day after air – anywhere, anytime on iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets. Telemundo Now demonstrates Telemundo’s investment in creating the best platforms for new mobile and web viewing technologies.

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Sports

Comcast Becomes Early Leader in Producing 24x7 Sports Programming

1994: Comcast Invests in Golf Channel; Debuts Comcast SportsNet Three Years Later

Comcast began its leadership in sports programming as an original investor in Golf Channel in 1994, becoming majority owner in 2003. Setting a standard among networks devoted to a single sport, Golf Channel is the only 24-hour channel exclusively providing golf content. In 1997, Comcast seized the opportunity to serve local sports fans when it launched Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. Twelve regional sports networks later, comprising what is now known as the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Comcast SportsNet delivers top professional, college and high school sports coverage to 40 million households across the United States. 

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Innovation

One of the Most Sophisticated Networks in the World

2012: Comcast Supports 300 Million Interactions a Day

Comcast connects people. A lot of people. In a lot of different ways. 

By phone, by email or by our innovative products and partnerships, like Video On Demand, Comcast is connecting people all across the nation every minute. On average, Comcast’s network supports the delivery of 136 million emails, 142 million phone calls and 15 million On Demand views every day. Comcast’s state-of-the-art network makes this possible, with enough fiber-optic cable installed to circle the globe six times over. 

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News

The Longest-Running Show on TV: NBC’s Meet the Press

1947: Meet the Press Debuts on NBC

For more than 60 years, NBC’s Meet the Press has featured headline-making interviews with the world’s most influential leaders and newsmakers. Moving from radio to TV in 1947, the longest-running show on TV has been a vital part of NBC’s political news coverage. Through broadcast, cable and online technology, NBC, along with MSNBC and CNBC, is a leader in political insight and analysis, keeping Americans informed about the most important issues of the day. 

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Innovation

Comcast Delivers Fastest Broadband Speeds to the Most American Homes

2009: Comcast Becomes Largest Residential Internet Service Provider

Broadband has entirely altered the way our world communicates, and Comcast is proud to have invested in creating the network that makes broadband widely available across America. Comcast brings together the infrastructure, business partners and creative thinkers that redefine the broadband industry. In 2011, Comcast demonstrated a 1 gigabit per second connection and downloaded an entire season of 30 Rock in about a minute and a half. Just two years later, Xfinity WiFi became the country's fastest and largest WiFi network. These are exactly the kinds of innovations that Comcast makes possible by using the flexibility and strength of its network while envisioning what hasn’t even been imagined yet.

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Innovation

Comcast Creates Venture Capital Arm; Invests in Emerging Technology

1999: Julian Brodsky Creates Comcast Interactive Capital

Comcast Corporation has been investing in innovation and technology since 1999 when it launched Comcast Interactive Capital, a fund led by one of Comcast’s pioneers, Julian Brodsky, to support entrepreneurs and startups building companies with big ideas and new technologies. Comcast Interactive Capital has grown to become one of the most successful corporate venture capital initiatives among the Fortune 50, and is known today as Comcast Ventures. 

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Innovation

Investing in Startups to Fuel Innovation

2010: Comcast Interactive Capital and the Peacock Fund Combine

In 2010, Comcast Interactive Capital and the NBCUniversal Peacock Equity Fund combined to create Comcast Ventures. This affiliate of Comcast Corporation invests in innovative technologies, businesses, entrepreneurs and startups that change the way people live, work and interact. Companies like DocuSign, Flipboard, Houzz and more than 140 others are all a part of the Comcast Ventures network. 

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Innovation

Comcast, NBCUniversal and Twitter Partner on 'See It'

2013: Comcast, NBCUniversal and Twitter Announce Deal to Link Social Media with TV Consumption

In October 2013, Comcast, NBCUniversal and Twitter announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that links social conversations happening online to the actual consumption of TV, movie and sports content.  See It, developed by Comcast, allows consumers to discover new shows and movies in their Twitter feeds, and then watch them through a click of a button. From one simple tweet, Xfinity TV customers can access a unique menu of options, including the ability to tune to live TV or start a show On Demand on their set-top box, tune in to a show online or on their mobile device, set DVRs, set a reminder and buy theater tickets through Fandango.

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Innovation

Making Home Security Mobile with the Cloud

2011: XFINITY Home Launches

Comcast is using cloud technology and imagination to change the way customers monitor and manage their homes. Launched in 2011, XFINITY Home is a new generation of services that allow users to control security and energy features from an in-home touch screen console or remotely through an Internet-connected device, like a smartphone or tablet. This revolutionary system means thermostats, lighting, motion sensors and security cameras can all be monitored and adjusted with the click of a remote button. 

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TV Firsts

Transforming TV with Color Broadcasts and Vivid HD

1965: NBC’s Primetime Schedule Debuts in Color

Comcast and NBCUniversal have been focused on making the TV experience better for decades. NBC marked a major TV milestone when it became the first network to offer its entire primetime lineup in color in 1965. The TV landscape was further altered when Comcast was one of the first to bring the HDTV viewing experience to millions. Comcast continues to expand its library of HD offerings and pioneer more exciting advancements, like Ultra-HD service, which provides sixteen times the resolution of current HDTV technology. 

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TV Firsts

Decades of Late Night Laughter

1954: The Tonight Show Debuts on NBC

In 1954 NBC premiered The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, the first successful late night talk show on network TV. Johnny Carson would take over The Tonight Show years later and become one of America’s longest-running and most beloved TV show hosts. The Tonight Show is still a nighttime companion for millions of Americans, with Jimmy Fallon taking the reins in February of 2014. NBC’s extended late night lineup also boasts Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call with Carson Daly.

 

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TV Firsts

Comcast Partners with PBS, HIT and Sesame Workshop to Create Sprout

2005: Sprout Brings Some of the Best-Loved Children’s Brands to On Demand

In 2005, Comcast teamed up with PBS, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop to bring parents and kids a new concept. Sprout launched as the first 24-hour preschool destination for children 2-5 and their caregivers on air, on demand and online.  With programming structured to follow the day of the child, Sprout features original programming, including The Chica Show and Pajanimals gold standard series, including Caillou and Sesame Street, and U.S. exclusives including Lazytown and Tree Fu Tom.  Sprout’s hosted programming blocks, including The Sunny Side Up Show and The Good Night Show, help children prepare for their days and nights with activities, user generated content, stories, and more. In November 2013, the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group announced it had obtained a full ownership stake in Sprout.

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Innovation

Creating the Smart Home for Everyone

2013: Comcast Opens Accessibility Product and Development Lab

Comcast envisions the "Smart Home for Everyone," where universal design application across products and platforms gives all customers, including people with disabilities, a better experience.  Through the Comcast Accessibility Lab, we’re developing innovative solutions to enable people with disabilities to interact with mainstream mobile, online and desktop user interfaces, including the first talking program guide. As we roll out our next generation of products, we’ll continue to focus on ensuring that accessibility is considered throughout the entire design and development process - and that we’re providing customer support for what matters most to people with disabilities.

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News

The Most-Watched News on Television for Decades

2004: Brian Williams Becomes Anchor of Top-Rated NBC Nightly News

NBC News is a leading source of global news and information for over 75 years. Every week, NBC News provides over 30 hours of television news programming, including NBC Nightly News, Today and Meet the Press. The anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams, is the most decorated evening news anchor of the modern era and is seen by more U.S. television viewers on a daily basis than any other individual. NBC’s outstanding news tradition runs deep. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was the only anchor to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall live in 1989. To this day, it is one of the greatest live exclusives in the history of broadcast journalism. 

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News that Shapes a Nation

1960s: NBC News Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement

NBC News has been an industry leader in reporting U.S. and international news for more than 80 years. NBC’s coverage of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s was pioneering. Featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on programs such as Meet the Press, and coverage of the bus boycott in Alabama and school integration in Arkansas, NBC News brought leading news to the nation daily. 

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News

CNBC Pioneers First Business News Channel

1989: CNBC Launches

A unique and untested concept when it launched in 1989, CNBC has changed the way investors, executives and the world get their financial news. Today, CNBC provides real-time coverage and information to more than 340 million homes worldwide. CNBC’s reach extends beyond TV with cnbc.com, which features an unmatched amount of financial video, live content, analysis, opinion and Web exclusives. 

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Innovation

Powering Broadband and Communication Solutions for Businesses

2006: Comcast Invests in Business Services

In 2006, Comcast invested in the people, systems, and processes to bring small businesses Internet, Voice, and TV Services. Over the next several years, we added mid-market services, bringing advanced communications solutions alive. In 2013, we launched Upware, an award-winning suite of cloud-based software business solutions. In just six years, Comcast Business grew from a $200 million to $2.4 billion business. We now leverage Comcast’s powerful, next generation network, our technical and operational expertise, and our local resources to offer a wide range of products and services to help companies of virtually all sizes meet their business objectives.

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Programming Diversity

Delivering Diverse Programming for Decades

2003: Comcast Invests in TV One

In 2003, Comcast made a core investment in TV One to help bring African American programming to a wider audience of Americans. The network is just one example of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s commitment to delivering diverse content. When NBC premiered The Cosby Show in 1984, it was more than just a surprise hit; it sparked discussion about race and class in America. NBC’s Will & Grace and Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have brought LGBT programming to the forefront and networks like Telemundo and Oxygen are all a part of the Comcast family today. 

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TV Firsts

QVC Makes History with New Home Shopping TV Genre

1986: Comcast Makes Founding Investment in QVC

Comcast has a tradition of making smart investments in unique concepts. Comcast’s founding investment of $300 million in QVC in 1986 is one great example. QVC, which stands for "quality, value and convenience," has become one of the world’s leading TV and ecommerce retailers. Comcast successfully sold its 57 percent stake in QVC in 2003 for $7.9 billion. 

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Values

Longstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

2011: Comcast and NBCUniversal Create External Joint Diversity Advisory Council

Comcast has always been committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive environment as we know it empowers creativity, innovation and a true connection to our customers. Because these ideals are part of our core values and credo, we established the Comcast and NBCUniversal external Joint Diversity Advisory Council in 2011 to bring together business, entertainment, media and civil rights leaders to advise our diversity and inclusion efforts within the company and in our community.

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