Comcast 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.
- Comcast’s earnings exceed $3 million for the first time.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 31-year-old Brian Roberts is elected President of Comcast Corporation.
- 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 firstbroadband product. Comcast@Homehigh-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.
- 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 company-wide 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Comcast launches a Parental Controls website to help parents manage what their kids are watching on TV, online and on mobile devices.
- Comcast launches the new Xfinity Wireless Gateway, giving customers the fastest in-home WiFi connection versus its major competitors.
- Comcast launches its neighborhood WiFi initiative with the goal to enable millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots at no additional cost.
- Comcast launches Xfinity Home Control, becoming the first in the industry to offer customers a smart home solution without security.
- Outdoor Xfinity WiFi hotspots provide the fastest WiFi speeds available.
- Comcast launches its new ultra-fast speed tier, Extreme 505.
- Xfinity WiFi network is the largest network in the country with more than 350,000 hotspots.
- Internet Essentials hits a key milestone and enrolls 1 million low-income Americans, or more than 250,000 families.
- Comcast is named "Operator of the Year" by leading industry trade publication Multichannel News.
- Neil Smit is inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
- Comcast develops SEEiT, a feature that allows Xfinity TV customers to instantly access TV shows, movies and sports directly from a tweet.
- Comcast launches the new Xfinity TV Go app, a major update to the Xfinity TV Player app, which enables customers to watch up to 35 television channels over the internet on their Apple and Android-powered mobile devices.
- NASCAR and Comcast announce a historic agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024.
- Comcast and Univision Communications Inc. announce they have reached a long-term agreement for Comcast to distribute Univision Deportes Network (UDN) to XFINITY TV customers who subscribe to its Digital Preferred or XFINITY Latino levels of service.
- Comcast launches Xfinity On Campus, a service that lets college students watch live TV and On Demand content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.
- Comcast Cable and ESPN reach an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network, giving Comcast subscribers authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s and Comcast’s digital platforms – including the Xfinity TV Go app and website, WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com – with the ability to watch SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.
- Comcast Corporation announces that Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January 2012, far outpacing our goal to hire 2,000 by 2015 as part of our ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative.
- Comcast reaches an agreement with Charter to divest 3.9 million customers marking an important milestone toward Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable.
- Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust announce they will jointly develop the "Comcast Innovation and Technology Center" on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. The proposed $1.2 billion 59-story, 1,121-foot tower will neighbor Comcast Center, Comcast Corporation's global headquarters, and become a dedicated home for the company's growing workforce of technologists, engineers, and software architects. The facility will also create a media center in the heart of the City by becoming home to the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI and offer space for local technology startups.
- Brian Roberts, Michael Angelakis and the Investor Relations team are named to Institutional Investor magazine's "2014 All-America Executive Team." This is the seventh time Brian Roberts has been named, the fifth time for Michael Angelakis, and a repeat performance by the Investor Relations team.
- Comcast NBCUniversal was named among The Civic 50 and ranked first in the Communications Industry by Bloomberg and Points of Light. The survey recognizes the leading community-minded companies in America.
- Brian Roberts, Michael Angelakis, Jason Armstrong and the Investor Relations team are named to Institutional Investor magazine's "2015 All-America Executive Team." This is the eighth time Brian Roberts has been named, the sixth time for Michael Angelakis, the third time for the Investor Relations team, and a first for Jason Armstrong.
- Comcast introduces the "talking guide," a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud channel names, show titles and DVR commands.
- Comcast and the Atlanta Braves form a multi-year technology and real estate partnership that will deliver multi-terabit network capabilities to SunTrust Park and the surrounding community, making it the most technologically advanced mixed-use development in the U.S.
- Comcast Corporation announces that it has entered into an agreement with the Company’s Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Michael J. Angelakis, to establish a new, strategic company that will focus on investing in and operating growth-oriented companies, both domestically and internationally.
- Comcast begins the rollout of Gigabit Pro, a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution.
- Comcast introduces the voice-controlled TV remote, which allows customers to navigate tens of thousands of shows and movies on the X1 platform with their voice.
- Comcast announces plans to create more than 5,500 new jobs as part of multi-year customer experience transformation.
- Comcast NBCUniversal announces commitment to hiring 10,000 reservists, veterans and their spouses or domestic partners between 2015 and 2017.
- Comcast names Michael J. Cavanagh Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
- Comcast Spectacor announces that its three divisions – Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services and Paciolan – will now operate as Spectra, a singular, new brand.
- 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City is officially renamed the "Comcast Building," adding the Comcast NBCUniversal logo to the New York City skyline.
- Comcast announces a beta test of Stream, a new streaming cable service that allows Xfinity Internet customers to watch live TV from various networks - including all the major broadcast nets and HBO - on laptops, tablets and phones in their home.
- Comcast announces a partnership with Electronic Arts (EA) to develop an all new service that brings HD gaming experiences to the TV via X1.
- City Year and Comcast NBCUniversal enter into a three-year partnership renewal agreement valued at $11.2 million in cash and in-kind support. City Year also names Comcast NBCUniversal a National Strategic Partner, the highest sponsorship level afforded to a corporate sponsor.
- Comcast NBCUniversal completes its $3.8-billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, gaining the opportunity to expand its family audiences on both television and at the movies.
- Three million low-income Americans now have access to low-cost, high-speed Internet service at home through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Comcast also announced it is donating $2 million in grants to community-based organizations that provide vital digital literacy training and internet access.
- Comcast Corporation purchases additional 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor, giving the company full ownership of the Wells Fargo Center, Spectra businesses, and the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers.
- Comcast and the YMCA enter into a $15 million partnership to leverage Comcast’s Internet Essentials high-speed internet adoption program and the Y’s commitment to strengthening communities.
- Comcast NBCUniversal partners with Elizabeth Dole Foundation and its national coalition of partners to share untold stories of hidden heroes, bringing vital attention to our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers.
- Comcast offers Gigabit Internet speeds using DOCSIS 3.1 technology across Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago.
- Comcast launched Netflix on X1 to customers nationwide, allowing customers to seamlessly access the entire Netflix catalog via the X1 Voice Remote, Xfinity On Demand or the Netflix App.
- Comcast to launch Sling TV, the live and on demand Internet TV service, on the X1 platform, giving customers access to even more content, including hundreds of new multicultural programs and channels.
- Comcast Corporation to serve as an Official Partner of the USOC through 2020, which includes the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
- Comcast Business customers receive up to 10 Gbps of private network service to the Microsoft cloud, supporting the diverse mix of enterprise class cloud services offered by Microsoft.
- Comcast Business offers DOCSIS 3.1-based internet service to business customers in its Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville service areas.
- Comcast launches "Xfinity Stream" app at no additional cost to Xfinity TV customers, allowing users to watch their entire TV line-up on phones, tablets and laptops in the home, and when they’re on-the-go, to tune-in to more than 200 live channels, access and program their DVR and watch 40,000 on demand titles.
- Comcast NBCUniversal announces LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs to help launch next generation of startups. The multi-city program will focus on assisting startups with new innovations in media, entertainment and connectivity.
- Comcast NBCUniversal acquires remaining 49% stake in Universal Studios Japan.
- Comcast named the presenting sponsor of the Team USA Champions Series through 2020 by The United States Olympic Committee. The series is composed of both a summer and winter season and showcases elite U.S. athletes year-round.
- Comcast Corporation names Dave Watson President and CEO of Comcast Cable.
- Comcast delivers Gigabit internet service in Utah over its existing network infrastructure.
- Comcast launches Xfinity xFi, a new and personalized Wi-Fi experience that gives customers unprecedented visibility and control over one of the most important technologies in their home.
- machineQ™, Comcast’s enterprise Internet of Things service, expands to 12 major U.S. markets.
- Comcast launches Xfinity Mobile. The new wireless service uses the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network and 18 Million Wi-Fi hotspots to support mobile internet users.
- Comcast Business continues roll out of nation’s largest gig-speed network. DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit internet service now available to customers in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Central US.
- Comcast and Sunrun Inc., the nation’s largest dedicated provider of residential solar, storage and energy services, announce an agreement to make smart solar energy and storage solutions available to consumers complementing Comcast’s efforts to offer smart home services.
- Comcast debuts integrated YouTube App on Xfinity X1, giving viewers quick, easy access to YouTube’s vast online video collection alongside the live, on demand, DVR and other web programming that is already included with their Xfinity TV subscription.
- Comcast Business launches ActiveCore℠, the first cable-delivered, gig-ready SDN platform in the country, to deliver new services and network changes via software rather than through individually-managed and customized hardware.
- Comcast Spectacor acquires esports Philadelphia franchise of Overwatch League™. The Philadelphia Fusion team name and logo also unveiled.
- The entire Netflix catalog of Ultra HD 4K programming is available on Xfinity X1. Customers can seamlessly browse and access Netflix’s entire industry-leading 4K library, featuring over 1200 hours of original films, documentaries, specials and series in pristine 4K picture quality.
- Taco Bell selects Comcast Business to provide managed services, including guest Wi-Fi, at more than 6,200 Taco Bell company and franchise locations across the U.S.
- Army & Air Force Exchange Service will teams up with Comcast NBCUniversal to provide U.S. Military Service Members with access to Olympic streaming coverage when NBCUniversal presents the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, in February 2018.
- Comcast becomes the official cable television and communications partner of U.S Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic sports organization based in Park City, Utah.
- Comcast launches RealTime Assist, a proactive and personalized service messaging platform designed provides timely service information to Xfinity customers directly to their mobile phone, their My Account app, or to their X1 screen.
- Xfinity X1 customers are able use their voice remote to cast votes for their favorite artist on four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice, directly on the TV.
- Xfinity Mobile introduces Bring Your Own Device at Xfinity stores nationwide.
- Comcast extends access to home automation services to more than 15 million Xfinity customers, allowing them to manage their smart home devices at home and on-the-go.
- Comcast unveils the most live, mobile, and technologically advanced Olympics experience for Xfinity TV customers, combining the incredible storytelling of NBCUniversal with the world-class technology of Comcast Cable for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
- Comcast partners with NPR to launch the NPR One app on X1.
- More than 115,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends, and community partners participate in a record-breaking 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day and celebrate their millionth volunteer.
- Comcast expands Netflix partnership following successful X1 integration to include Netflix subscriptions in select Xfinity packages.
- Comcast Business Enterprise Solutions partners with Dine Brands Global, Inc. to deliver managed services to more than 2,850 Applebee’s and IHOP locations.
- Independence Health Group (Independence), parent of Independence Blue Cross, and Comcast announce a partnership to launch a newly branded, patient-centered technology and communications platform that seeks to improve the overall efficiency and experience of the care delivery process between providers and patients.
- Comcast and Charter announce mobile operating platform partnership focused on the development and design of backend systems that support Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile and Charter’s Spectrum Mobile service.
- Comcast launches Sling International on X1.
- Xfinity customers watch a record-breaking 105 million hours of TV and movies during Xfinity’s Sixth Annual Watchathon Week.
- Comcast partners with Fandango to launch voice-activated movie ticketing experience on X1.
- Comcast announces nationwide launch of Xfinity xFi Pods, further improving in-home WiFi coverage and differentiating our high-speed internet service.
- Comcast and Tile partner on first-of-its-kind video and voice control integration, enabling Xfinity customers to locate Tile devices anywhere with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and see results on the television.
- Comcast Ventures invests in Brightside and integrates the financial health solution into Comcast’s employee benefits.
- Comcast Business launched Comcast Business SmartOffice Motion Insights, a new feature of its SmartOffice solution.
- Comcast’s MachineQ and Neptune collaborate to accelerate smart city efforts.
- Comcast Spectacor announced a strategic investment in N3rd Street Gamers, America’s premier amateur esports network. The partnership linked the Philadelphia Fusion, Philadelphia’s first professional esports franchise, with the region’s most powerful amateur esports pipeline and marked the advancement of a national framework for in-person esports competition and player development.
- X1 for Hospitality launches, bringing the unique features and personalization of the award-winning video platform to hotel guests.
- Comcast NBCUniversal announces the 10 startups selected for its inaugural Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars.
- Philadelphia’s esports team Fusion, advances to the Overwatch League Grand Finals world championship, and finished as runner up in just its first year in the League.
- Internet Essentials reaches more than 6 million low-income Americans since 2011 and expands eligibility to low-income veterans.
- X1 launches voice remote voting for NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
- Xfinity Home adds Yale Locks to its growing platform of supported smart home devices.
- Comcast Business launched streaming app for businesses, a streaming video feature that lets employees and customers watch live TV on any device, anywhere in their business, and at no extra cost.
- Comcast Spectacor reaches a long-term agreement with Constellation that will introduce a 100 percent renewable energy supply to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
- Comcast unveils the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia.
- The Philadelphia Flyers introduce their new mascot, Gritty, who quickly becomes an internet sensation.
- Comcast partners with ESPN to launch ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, and SEC Network on X1.
- Comcast acquires controlling interest in Sky.
- Comcast becomes the nation’s largest provider of gigabit internet speed, available to nearly 58 million homes and businesses.
- Comcast NBCUniversal expands its military hiring goal to 21,000 by 2021.
- Comcast launches Amazon Prime Video on X1.
- 2018 marks the 13th consecutive year Comcast had over one million total broadband net adds.
- YouTube’s industry-leading catalog of online 4K content debuts on X1.
- Comcast becomes the first pay TV provider to launch Movies Anywhere.
The 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.
- Carl Laemmle forms the Independent Moving Pictures Company of America (IMP).
- 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.
- Universal’s All Quiet on the Western Front wins Academy Award for Best Picture.
- Dracula and Frankenstein are released, beginning Universal’s leadership in the horror genre.
- NBC begins experimental TV broadcasts from atop new Empire State Building.
- 30 Rockefeller Center becomes home to NBC operations.
- NBC Radio broadcasts the1936 Berlin Olympics where Jesse Owens wins four gold medals.
- 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.
- NBC airs its first telecast of the presidential election returns.
- NBC’s WNBT in New York is granted FCC’s first commercial TV station license.
- An NBC Atlantic Coast four-city TV network is inaugurated.
- 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.
- Today on NBC becomes the first network early-morning news show.
- 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.
- Bonanza, first TV Western series in color, begins its 14-year run on NBC.
- 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.
- Future cult hit Star Trek debuts on NBC.
- 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 Flip Wilson Show debuts on NBC.
- 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.
- USA Network launches as the Madison Square Garden Network.
- 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 The Cosby Show debuts and quickly becomes TV’s most popular series.
- 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.
- Comcast acquires GE’s entire 49% common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for approximately $16.7 billion.
- Jimmy Fallon is set to become the sixth host of The Tonight Show at its new home in 30 Rock after Jay Leno wraps up 22 years as host of the iconic late-night program.
- Syfy teams up with Trio Worlds to produce Defiance, the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.
- Fast & Furious 6 wins the Memorial Day weekend box office with $120 million, the biggest opening weekend ever for a Universal film and the second biggest opening weekend of the year.
- The Voice coach and country superstar Blake Shelton hosts the "Healing in the Heartland" relief concert live on NBC. The benefit raises $6 million for victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma.
- Despicable Me 2 grosses $142 million over the July 4 holiday weekend. The hit film goes on to become the No. 1 animated movie of 2013, crossing $900 million worldwide.
- Universal Pictures begin a five-year production, co-financing and distribution partnership with Legendary Entertainment, the co-producer of such films as The Dark Knight and The Hangover.
- The hit Syfy original film Sharknado takes the social media world by storm, leading to multiple encore presentations, midnight movie theater screenings and a sequel.
- NBC signs a ten-year deal with NASCAR which includes 20 NASCAR Spring Cup races and 19 Nationwide Series events each season.
- Universal Pictures crossed the $2 billion mark at the international box office for the first time in the studio’s 101-year history, thanks to hits like Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2.
- Carson Daly, host of The Voice, joins Today as host of the Orange Room, a first-of-its-kind digital studio designed to enhance Today’s connection with audiences on every platform.
- Esquire Network, an entertainment and lifestyle network, debuts with a two-hour special commemorating the magazine’s 80th anniversary.
- Comcast develops the SEEiT feature that allows Xfinity TV customers to instantly access NBCUniversal TV shows, movies and sports directly from a Tweet.
- In an exclusive multiplatform partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, NBCUniversal agrees to televise the historic first commercial spaceflight live on Today.
- The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group assumes full ownership of Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool network.
- Universal Orlando Resort opens Diagon Alley, an expansion of the park’s massively popular attraction the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- NBC wins the 2013-14 primetime season in adults 18-49 for the first time in 10 years.
- NBCUniversal reaches a new long-term deal with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., extending the run of Raw on USA, SmackDown on Syfy and Total Divas on E!
- NBCUniversal acquires U.S. media rights to an additional six Olympics Games through to 2032. Valued at $7.65 billion, the deal is the longest U.S. Olympic sports rights agreement in history, and will extend NBCUniversal’s streak of consecutive Olympics broadcasts to 17.
- CNBC celebrates its 25th anniversary.
- Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto win the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Focus Features’ critically-acclaimed film, Dallas Buyers Club.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres. Meyers’ show generates NBC’s top 12:35am broadcast in five years.
- Jimmy Fallon makes his debut as the new host of The Tonight Show, returning the broadcast to New York for the first time in over four decades. The new incarnation of the legendary show is a total success, with Fallon beating the combined ratings averages of rival hosts Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman.
- The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics reaches more Americans via more platforms than any other Winter Olympics in history with a record 242.3 million media exposures of Olympics coverage across NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital properties.
- Universal’s buddy cop comedy Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, earns the highest box office opening ever for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
- Super Bowl XLIX on NBC is the most-watched show in U.S. television history, with more than 114 million viewers tuning in to watch the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
- Saturday Night Live delivered its most watched telecast in 22 years in February 2015 with its 40th Anniversary show. NBC’s broadcast of the live special was the network’s top-rated entertainment program in more than 10 years, with more than 25 million viewers.
- Universal's Furious 7 premieres and becomes the six-highest-grossing film of all time, with more than $1.5 billion worldwide. The movie is Universal’s first film to cross the $1 billion threshold during its initial run.
- With his win of the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah becomes the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. NBC Sports’ telecast was the third-most-watched ever, with an audience of 22 million.
- The Wiz Live! premieres live on NBC, reaching 11.5 million viewers. Dorothy was played by newcomer Shanice Williams in her first major television role.
- Adele Live in New York is NBC’s most-watched television concert in over a decade, with 11.2 million viewers. Broadcast from Radio City Music Hall, the performance was Adele’s first U.S. concert in years.
- Universal is the first studio to ever have three movies in a single year gross more than $1 billion, and the first ever to reach $4 billion at the international box office and $6 billion worldwide.
- NBCUniversal makes investments in Vox and BuzzFeed, with an eye toward improving its capabilities in digital publishing tools and technologies and digital content creation.
- Telemundo announces plans to build new $250 million headquarters in Miami-Dade that will put under one roof Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International, NBC Universo, and all of Telemundo's digital media operations.
- Fandango acquires Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. Entertainment, and also acquires the on-demand video service M-GO, which has been rebranded as FandangoNOW.
- NBC Sports partners with Snapchat for an unprecedented Rio Olympics deal featuring daily "live stories" on Snapchat as well as an NBC Olympics Discover channel co-produced by BuzzFeed and NBC.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood and helps lead Universal Parks & Resorts to another record-breaking year.
- During a week of firsts in July, Telemundo defeats Univision among Spanish-language networks in the key demos (adults 18-49 and 18-34) during Monday through Friday primetime and also during Monday through Sunday primetime programming.
- For the first time, Golf Channel broadcasts The British Open (July 14-17) and marks the channel’s most-watched day in history on Friday, July 15.
- Universal and Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets scores the biggest opening weekend ever for an original animated film and goes on to garner nearly $900 million worldwide with almost $370 million domestic.
- Universal Orlando debuts its newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
- Mr. Robot receives six total Emmy nominations and becomes USA Network's first drama series to be nominated.
- NBC is the most-nominated broadcast network with a total of 42 Emmy nominations.
- NBCUniversal Acquires the broadcast and cable TV rights to the eight "Harry Potter" films in the franchise and the forthcoming "Fantastic Beasts" films.
- NBCUniversal partners with Snapchat under which the Peacock will produce original episodic shows for the social service from "The Voice," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Saturday Night Live" and other franchises.
- NBCUniversal forms a multiyear content and advertising partnership with Snapchat to create original episodic shows on the app for The Voice, E! News, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and more.
- NBCUniversal's coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics become the most successful and profitable Olympics ever with nearly 200 million viewers, $250 million in profit, and a digital record of 100 million unique users and over 3 billion total streaming minutes.
- NBC Sports acquires the rights for Thursday Night Football making NBC the only network with two primetime NFL packages.
- NBCUniversal invests an additional $200 million in BuzzFeed.
- Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo announce partnership to bring Nintendo’s worlds and characters to life at Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Hollywood.
- For the first time since 2002, all four NBC News broadcasts (Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, and Dateline) win the November sweep among the key demo of adults 25-54.
- NBCUniversal announces the launch of the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, a new cable television network focused on Olympic sports, athletes and stories.
- NBC Sports Group’s Playmaker Media and Turner’s iStreamPlanet create a long-term partnership to deliver OTT live streaming and VOD solutions for major sports leagues, professional team franchises, emerging leagues, regional and national sports broadcasting networks, the Olympics organization and other premium rights holders of live-event content.
- Through an agreement with MLBAM, NBC Sports Regional Networks now offer subscribers access to stream their MLB teams, on multiple platforms, at no additional cost.
- Universal Filmed Entertainment and Amblin Partners announce that Universal will take a minority stake in Amblin, strengthening the relationship between the two companies.
- For the first time ever at a Winter Olympics, NBC will broadcast all of its Olympic programming live across all time zones. Whether daytime, primetime or late night, all U.S. viewers will be able to watch NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, at the same time.
- NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. will partner to bring unique Olympic Winter Games coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, to Snapchatters in the United States.
- NBCUniversal invests $500M in Snap IPO.
- “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opens at Universal Orlando.
- For the sixth consecutive season, NBC Sports Group presents every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game.
- NBCUniversal celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Green is Universal initiative.
- Universal Pictures’ The Fate of the Furious grosses $1 billion at the worldwide box office to become the fifth title to reach that milestone in the studio’s 105-year history. It joins Universal’s Jurassic World ($1.67 billion), Furious 7 ($1.52 billion), Illumination’s Minions ($1.16 billion) and Jurassic Park ($1.04 billion).
- NBC Sports Group wins nine Sports Emmy Awards.
- NBC Sports Group acquires the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Rugby World Cup through a seven-year partnership with World Rugby.
- Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s third theme park and the next chapter in the award-winning vacation destination’s evolution, officially opens.
- NBC received 15 Emmys with big wins for SNL, This is Us, and The Voice.
- NBC News’ Today is the number-one morning show in the key demo for 100 weeks – the best streak for the program in more than four years.
- NBC wins its fourth straight September-to-September season. It’s also the first time in 14 years NBC has won the full season in 18-49 with no Super Bowl or Olympics.
- For the second straight season, all four NBC News broadcasts (Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, and Dateline) are No. 1 in the demo most valued by news advertisers.
- Fandango announces it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MovieTickets.com, a popular online movie ticketer serving moviegoers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Latin America.
- NBCUniversal and Snap Inc. announce a joint venture to create a new digital content studio to create made-for-mobile programming to primarily debut on Snapchat.
- NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment Group crosses $5B at global box offices for 2nd time in history.
- Hoda Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie as co-anchor of NBC News’ Today.
- NBCUniversal’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea averages 20 million viewers in primetime over 18 nights.
- Team USA Women’s Hockey gold medal victory becomes the most watched late-night show in NBCSN history.
- Super Bowl LII on NBC is the most watched show of the year and ranks as a top 10 show in US television history.
- NBC Sports completes a multi-year agreement with INDYCAR, which includes the iconic Indianapolis 500.
- NBC Olympics presents 94 hours of television coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games from PyeongChang.
- Telemundo opens its new global headquarters, Telemundo Center, in Miami, Florida.
- "Fast & Furious - Supercharged" opens at Universal Orlando Resort.
- Sunday Night Football finishes the TV season as primetime’s #1 show for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year.
- Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the opening of the DreamWorks Theatre and its Kung Fu Panda attraction.
- Telemundo Deportes exclusively broadcasts the Spanish-language presentation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, reaching 37 million viewers and setting network records for all seven days.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released, grossing more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
- Universal Pictures’ Mama Mia! Here We Go Again opens at #1 at the box office.
- Universal’s Aventura Hotel opens at Universal Orlando Resort.
- NBC wins its seventh consecutive premiere week among adults 18-49 with Manifest and New Amsterdam launching as the #1 and #2 new series.
- All four of NBC News’ marquee programs are #1 among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 for the season; the first time ever all NBC News shows win three years in a row.
- NBC is #1 among adults 18-49 for the fifth year in a row and wins total viewers for the first time in 16 years.
- Telemundo wins the broadcast season in weekday prime for the second consecutive year.
- Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic.
- E!’s People’s Choice Awards airs in roadblock across E!, Bravo, Universo, and USA Network.
- USA Network is named the #1 cable entertainment network in total viewers for the 13th straight year and ranked #1 in adults 18-49 and 25-54.
- MSNBC has its best year ever and is named the fastest growing top 10 cable network.
- Bravo finishes 2018 as the #1 cable network among female viewers for the second consecutive year.
- NBCSN delivers its best year ever in total day and primetime viewership.
- The debut of Deal or No Deal on CNBC becomes the network’s most-watched original series premiere of all time among adults 25-54.
- Golf Channel ties its most-watched year ever for total audience delivery.
- Sky launches as the UK’s first satellite TV service with 4 free to air channels including Sky News, Europe's first 24-hour News channel.
- Sky launches Sky One.
- Sky's delivers its first live coverage of England overseas Cricket Test - England v West Indies in Jamaica.
- Sky launches Sky Movies as its first subscription service.
- Sky TV and BSB merge and re-launch as BSkyB.
- Sky launches Sky Sports including innovations such as the first on-screen clock & score line for live football.
- Sky Sports delivers exclusive live coverage of the new FA Premier League, the start of a new era for English Football. First transmission was Nottingham Forest v Liverpool 1-0 with Teddy Sheringham scoring.
- Sky launches first package of basic subscription channels - 14 services for a monthly fee including Sky One, Discovery, UK Gold & Nickelodeon.
- Sky launches Sky Sports 2.
- Sky Sports delivers its first live coverage of the Ryder Cup.
- Sky enters the FTSE 100.
- Sky reaches 5 million subscribers.
- Sky launches UK's first pay-per-view (£9.99) TV event - Frank Bruno v Mike Tyson in Las Vegas. 60,000 viewers sign up to Sky to view the fight.
- In partnership with ITV, Sky launches Granada Sky Broadcasting with 5 new channels.
- England's Rugby Premier League club competition relaunches as the Super League after an exclusive live rights deal with Sky.
- Sky launches Sky Box Office offering pay-per-view movies.
- Sky launches Sky Digital offering the UK's first digital TV service with over 140 channels and later launches the EPG - Electronic Program Guide.
- Sky launches Sky Sports News - Europe's first dedicated sports news TV service.
- Sky delivers the world's first interactive football match via Sky Sports Xtra.
- Sky launches Sky Arts, the first dedicated channel for the arts.
- The first Sky+ set top box goes on sale, giving customers the ability to pause, rewind live TV & record at the touch of a button.
- Sky reaches 7 million subscribers.
- Sky launches Sky Mobile TV, its first streaming service.
- Sky launches Sky by Broadband.
- Sky launches Sky+ HD with 10 HD channels.
- Sky becomes the world’s first carbon neutral media company.
- Sky launches Sky Talk.
- Sky signs a partnership with British Cycling to support all types of cycling, from grassroot community events through to elite Olympic hopefuls to get more than one million people on their bikes.
- Sky launches Rainforest Rescue, which raises £9 million in the following 6 years to keep 1 billion trees standing and increase awareness and education around the problem of deforestation in the Amazon.
- Sky launches the Sky + App letting customers record shows whilst out of the home.
- Sky creates the professional cycling team - Team Sky.
- Sky reaches 10 million subscribers.
- Sky launches Sky On demand.
- Sky launches Sky Atlantic which becomes the home of HBO.
- Sky merges Sky Anytime and Sky Mobile to launch Sky Go, the platform that allows customers watch live & On Demand TV on mobile devices.
- Sky launches Sky Sports Scholars to help support young athletes from Britain and Ireland realize their potential.
- Sky launches the first ever dedicated F1 channel, Sky Sports F1.
- Sky launches NOWTV, it’s over the top subscription free streaming service.
- Sky launches pay-per view movie service Sky Store.
- Sky rolls out catch up TV.
- Sky launches Sky Fibre.
- Sky acquires Sky Vision from Pathenon Entertainment.
- Sky launches Sky Box sets with over 300 box sets.
- Sky rolls out Sky Go Extra.
- Now TV launches smart Now TV box and adds subscription free Entertainment and Sport passes.
- Sky first opens the doors to Sky Academy to help young people build skills and experience.
- Sky launches Sky Broadband Shield giving families control over internet viewing.
- Sky acquires Sky Italia & Sky Deutschland and rebrands from BSkyB to Sky plc.
- Sky broadens its content strategy with the launch of the Sky Original Productions brand.
- Sky launches Service App allowing customers to manage their account anywhere.
- Sky launches Buy and Keep in the Sky Store.
- Sky launches Sky Adsmart a revolutionary approach to targeted TV advertising.
- Fortitude becomes Sky’s first original production to launch groupwide, paving the way for other successful Sky Original Productions such as Britannia, Save Me, Patrick Melrose, Discovery of Witches.
- Sky opens Leeds Dock, a center for digital development.
- Sky rolls out Box Sets, Sky Go Extra and On Demand in Italy and Germany.
- Sky rolls out its new set top box, Sky Q in the UK, Europe’s best home entertainment service.
- Sky Kids App is created to give a bespoke and safe destination for children's content.
- Sky launches unlimited NOW Broadband, the UK’s first contract-free broadband service.
- Sky rolls out NOW TV in Italy.
- Sky launches Sky Ticket, Germany’s streaming service.
- Sky launches Now TV combo including Broadband TV and Calls.
- Sky launches Sky Mobile.
- Sky launches Sky Sports Mix to bring sport to millions more customers.
- Sky launches VR, with dedicated studio and app.
- Sky Q is rolled out across Sky Group.
- Sky Original Productions reaches 100 shows in production.
- Sky Ocean Rescue campaign launches to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting ocean health, find innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics, and inspire people to make small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference.
- Sky Arts launches Art 50 project which in the run up to Brexit asked artists from all disciplines to submit ideas on the theme of what it means to be British.
- Sky Q launches voice search and new personalization features.
- Sky Sports launches individual channel packs for the very first time.
- Sky Mobile launches Piggybank rewards allowing customers to cash in unused mobile data.
- Sky launches its loyalty program, Sky VIP the first tenure-based loyalty program in the TV and Broadband sector.
- Sky launches in Spain and Switzerland.
- Sky launched over DTT in Italy.
- Sky over Fibre becomes available in Italy.
- Sky reaches 23 million subscribers.
- Sky launches Sky Cinema Original Films, acquiring exclusive rights and commissioning original movies.
- Sky’s Now TV launches the UK’s cheapest streaming stick, Now TV Stick.
- BT and Sky agree a three-year deal to show live Premiership football matches from 2019 to 2022 across platforms.
- Sky launches Sky Ocean Ventures, an impact investment vehicle to invest in new ideas and businesses who can help solve the oceans plastic crisis.
- Sky partners with Devialet to launch Sky Soundbox.
- Sky signs partnership to bring Netflix and Spotify to Sky Q & Now TV.
- Sky Partners with Common Sense Media to bring peace of mind to parents.