Comcast-NBC Universal Joint Venture Deal


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Case Code : BSTR364
Case Length : 19 Pages
Period : 2004-09
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Comcast Corporation / NBC Universal / GE
Industry : Media and Entertainment
Countries : US

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Background Note

COMCAST
The history of Comcast can be traced back to 1963, when it was founded by Ralph J. Roberts (Ralph), Daniel Aaron, and Julian A. Brodsky in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1969, the company was incorporated in Pennsylvania, under the name Comcast Corporation...

The Deal and its Rationale

The global financial crisis of 2008-09 affected GE's profitability adversely (Refer to Table II for GE's Financial Highlights between 2004 and 2008). Its financial arm GE Capital invested large amounts in the commercial real estate market where it incurred significant losses...

Potential Synergies

According to reports, the joint venture company would own one out of every five viewing hours on TV in the US. The deal would enable Comcast to bring programming to consumers on every platform. According to Roberts, "This deal is a perfect fit for Comcast. In particular, NBCU's fast-growing, highly profitable cable networks are a great complement to our industry-leading distribution business."...

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