From our beginnings as a single-system cable operator in Tupelo, MS in 1963, Comcast has grown into a global leader in media, entertainment and technology, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit to connect people to the moments that matter.
- 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 acquires its first Muzak franchise in Orlando, FL and over the next several years would acquire many more.
- 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.
- 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 introduces HBO for the first time to 20,000 customers in western Pennsylvania with a five-night free preview. After the preview period, more than 3,000 customers ordered the service.
- Brian Roberts graduates from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joins Comcast full time as a trainee for the Trenton system.
- 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.
- Brian Roberts is elected to the Comcast Corporation Board of Directors.
- 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)-Comcast Cellular Communications division is formed.
- 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 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.
- Comcast launches its first broadband product: Comcast@Home high-speed cable modem service debuts in Baltimore, MD and Sarasota, FL markets in December.
- Comcast and entrepreneur Ed Snider form Comcast-Spectacor, a sports venture, which owns the NHL Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA Philadelphia 76ers and operates hundreds of entertainment venues across the country, at the time.
- 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 launches Digital TV.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Julian Brodsky is inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
- 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 acquires an additional 8.6 percent interest in The Golf Channel (previously held by the Tribune Company) giving Comcast 99.9 percent ownership.
- 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. That year, 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 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 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 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.
- The popular Triple Play package, which includes cable, Internet and phone service for one convenient low price, is introduced to Comcast customers.
- 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 launches an unprecedented HD programming initiative to offer 100 hours of high-definition video-on-demand programming.
- 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.
- 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 acquires The Platform, the leading online video management and publishing company.
- Comcast Business Services launches for small businesses with less than 20 employees.
- 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 expands its RSN areas, launching in Bay Area, New England, and Northwest.
- 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 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.
- Comcast invests in Clearwire.
- Comcast acquires Plaxo, the leading smart address book.
- Comcast acquires Movies.com.
- Comcast becomes the nation’s largest Internet service provider.
- 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.
- Comcast offers universal Caller ID for the TV and computer.
- Comcast unveils Xfinity as the new brand for technology platforms and products.
- 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.
- Comcast officially launches xfinityTV.com — offering 150,000 video choices online — and introduces the Xfinity TV app.
- Comcast partners with The Masters to debut the first live 3-D television event.
- On January 28, 2011, Comcast and General Electric complete their transaction to form NBCUniversal, LLC.
- Comcast and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. announce a partnership to bring the Xfinity TV app to Samsung smart televisions and tablets.
- 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.
- 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 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 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 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 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.
- 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.
- NBCUniversal’s Telemundo acquires exclusive Spanish language U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup soccer from 2015 through 2022.
- Comcast announces a partnership with Microsoft to bring Xfinity On Demand to the Xbox 360.
- 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 begins national launch of X1, the next-generation cloud-enabled television platform, and introduces the X1 Remote Control app.
- 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 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 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.
- 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 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 Corporation and Liberty Property Trust announce what will become the “Comcast Technology Center”, neighboring the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. The Comcast Technology Center will 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.
- Comcast introduces the "talking guide," a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud channel names, show titles and DVR commands.
- 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. The company is later named Atairos.
- 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.
- 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 NBCUniversal completes its $3.8-billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.
- 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 launches Netflix on X1 to customers nationwide.
- 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 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 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 debuts integrated YouTube App on Xfinity X1.
- Comcast Spectacor acquires esports Philadelphia franchise of Overwatch League™. The Philadelphia Fusion team name and logo are also unveiled.
- 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.
- 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 Cares Day celebrates its millionth volunteer.
- Comcast launches Sling International on X1.
- 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 Spectacor announces a strategic investment in N3rd Street Gamers, America’s premier amateur esports network. The partnership links the Philadelphia Fusion, Philadelphia’s first professional esports franchise, with the region’s most powerful amateur esports pipeline and marks 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.
- 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.
- Comcast unveils the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia.
- The Philadelphia Flyers introduce their new mascot, Gritty, who quickly becomes an Internet sensation.
- Comcast acquires controlling interest in Sky.
- Comcast launches Amazon Prime Video on X1.
- Comcast launches Xfinity xFi Advanced Security to protect WiFi-connected devices in the home.
- Comcast launches Xfinity Flex streaming platform for Xfinity Internet-only customers.
- Comcast Business makes X1 available to commercial customers nationwide.
- Comcast launches enhanced WiFi parental control tool for xFi customers, allowing parents to automatically pause network connectivity in the home.
- Internet Essentials, Comcast’s low-cost, high-speed Internet program, expands to include people with disabilities and seniors.
- Comcast Business expands broadband footprint into Canada.
- Comcast Spotlight rebrands as Effectv, emphasizing its commitment to delivering measurable results for its clients.
- Comcast launches its Xfinity Privacy Center, a resource for Xfinity customers, and outlines the company’s privacy commitments.
- Comcasts announces robust COVID-19 response, including commitments for Xfinity customers to help ensure students and families remain connected to the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis, and commits more than $500 million to support employees where operations were paused or impacted.
- Comcast launches Lift Zones nationwide, providing high-capacity WiFi in hundreds of facilities around the country to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork.
- Comcast commits $100 million to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identify, sexual orientation or ability.
- Comcast launches Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help thousands of small businesses, and especially those owned by people of color, impacted by COVID-19 over the next three years.
- Xfinity broadband has its best year in company history, with two million net broadband customer additions.
- Xfinity Mobile launches 5G coverage nationwide and is named #1 in customer satisfaction among full service wireless providers by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
- Comcast NBCUniversal launches its new streaming platform, Peacock in the U.S.
- Comcast achieves a 10G technical milestone in a trial delivering 1.25 gigabit-per-second upload and download speeds over a live production network using Network Function Virtualization combined with the latest DOCSIS Technology.
- Comcast NBCUniversal launches SportsTech, a global accelerator for sports technology startups.
- Comcast announces the next generation xFi Pod, delivering whole home WiFi coverage.
- Xfinity Flex surpasses one million devices deployed.
- Comcast launches its most powerful Internet device capable of multi-gigabit speeds with WiFi 6.
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.
- Universal opens its first “talking picture,” Melody of Love.
- NBC begins experimental TV broadcasts from atop new Empire State Building.
- 30 Rockefeller Center becomes home to NBC operations.
- NBC Radio broadcasts the 1936 Berlin Olympics where Jesse Owens wins four gold medals.
- 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.
- Meet the Press, Howdy Doody, and Kraft Television Theatre debut on NBC TV.
- First televised World Series is broadcast by NBC.
- TV plays first major role in covering a presidential election as NBC televises the nominating conventions.
- 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.
- Today on NBC becomes the first network early-morning news show.
- NBC begins first compatible color broadcasts, preceding other networks by nine years.
- 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.
- Nat King Cole is first major black artist to have his own network series, 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).
- Johnny Carson takes over as host of The Tonight Show 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bravo launches.
- 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.
- 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.
- General Electric acquires RCA and becomes NBC’s parent company.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dateline NBC premieres.
- Universal Studio Orlando’s CityWalk opens.
- The NBC network launches NBC.com, its World Wide Web site on the Internet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 Universal kicks off coverage of the Winter Olympics from Torino, Italy, with an unprecedented 416 hours of programming.
- NBC Universal announces the acquisition of iVillage, one of the nation’s most successful women-oriented websites.
- MSNBC, the only leading news source with an online companion, MSNBC.com, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- 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.
- Universal enters term deal with Chris Meledandri (previous head of 20th Century Fox Animation) to head up a new animated film division at Universal.
- Today launches its fourth hour on NBC.
- 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. (ADD)
- 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 Sports broadcasts the first-ever U.S. Open golf championship scheduled for primetime.
- NBC Universal, along with two equity partners, acquires The Weather Channel.
- NBC Sports broadcasts the first-ever U.S. Open golf championship scheduled for primetime.
- NBCUniversal 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.
- NBC broadcasts its first Super Bowl in 11 years, setting a record for largest TV viewing audience ever.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Despicable Me becomes Universal Pictures’ seventh-highest opening film of all time, and one of the most profitable films in Universal’s history.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Transformers: The Ride — 3D" opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park’s most ambitious ride ever created.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Universal Orlando debuts its newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.
- NBCUniversal acquires the broadcast and cable TV rights to the eight "Harry Potter" films in the franchise and the forthcoming "Fantastic Beasts" films.
- 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.
- NBCUniversal announces the launch of the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, a new cable television network focused on Olympic sports, athletes and stories.
- Universal Filmed Entertainment and Amblin Partners announce that Universal will take a minority stake in Amblin, strengthening the relationship between the two companies.
- NBCUniversal invests $500M in Snap IPO.
- Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s third theme park and the next chapter in the award-winning vacation destination’s evolution, officially opens.
- 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. For the first time ever at a Winter Olympics, NBC also broadcast all of its Olympic programming live across all time zones.
- Telemundo opens its new global headquarters, Telemundo Center, in Miami, Florida.
- "Fast & Furious - Supercharged" opens at Universal Orlando Resort.
- 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.
- Universal’s Aventura Hotel opens at Universal Orlando Resort.
- Universal’s Green Book wins Oscars for best picture, original screenplay, and supporting actor.
- Universal Orlando Resort opens Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
- Telemundo serves as the exclusive Spanish-language broadcaster for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
- Jurassic World – The Ride opens at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- With many movie theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NBCUniversal releases the much-anticipated ‘Trolls World Tour’ via Premium Video On Demand. In addition to becoming the largest digital debut for a film ever to date, it also pioneered a new hybrid distribution model for the film industry.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Theme Parks teams find creative solutions to welcome guests safely in Orlando and Japan, while construction continues at both our new park in Beijing and our highly anticipated Super Nintendo World in Japan.
- Comcast NBCUniversal introduces Peacock, strategically entering the streaming market with a differentiated, free, ad-supported model.
- 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 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 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 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 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 Switzerland.
- Comcast acquires controlling interest in Sky.
- 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.
- Sky launches Sky Studios, a scripted Innovation Hub in Leeds and production services hub The Hive in the US.
- Sky announces Sky Studios and soon after reveals plans to develop a major new TV and film studio in Elstree, U.K.
- Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels launch.
- Sky Italia adds Netflix to its Sky Q platform.
- Sky and BBC announce new content and technology partnership.
- Sky Ocean Rescue and World Wildlife Fund launch a renewed campaign to encourage people to reduce their plastic usage.
- Sky commits to become net zero carbon by 2030.
- Sky launches Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky HISTORY.
Sky Mobile rolls out 5G connectivity.
Sky announces biggest year yet for Sky TV with 80 Sky originals.
Sky Arts comes free to air channel, available to everyone.
Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Discovery+ join the Sky Q platform.
Sky Studios Elstree, a 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio, receives planning approval and breaks ground.
- Sky launches Sky WiFi in Italy.
- Sky Germany begins new era of flexibility, choice and value for customers with new packages and content plan.
- Sky commits £30 million to support diversity and inclusion, and the fight against racial injustice.
- Sky donates £500,000 to the COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, which provides much needed grants to the many thousands of creative industry workers and freelancers directly affected by the suspension of productions.
- Sky signs a long-term partnership with NBCUniversal to bring Sky customers hundreds of hours of high-quality content from DreamWorks Animation.
- Sky announces the launch of its first retail shops across the UK
- Sky partners with Adobe to launch The Edit, a new digital program for schools designed to improve the media and digital literacy of 30,000 young people across the UK and Ireland.
- Sky Broadband launches new FTTP service, using the latest fiber optic technology to deliver Sky Broadband Superfast and Ultrafast customers its fastest and most reliable broadband service yet.