With the announcement that Comcast was making an all-stock bid of $45.2 billion for Time Warner Cable, a dÃ©jÃ vu feeling swept over the industry. And then a dÃ©jÃ vu all over again feeling.
Comcast is no stranger to the mergers and acquisitions game, gobbling up companies both large and small, but also falling short on occasion. Here's a brief look at their M&A resumÃ©:
paid $72 billion for AT&T Broadband, at the time the largest cable TV carrier. Comcast's offer topped those of Cox Communications and AOL Time Warner.
2004: Comcast made a hostile takeover bid of Disney, but was rejected. Disney's board unanimously rejected the $66 billion offer.
2004: Comcast completed a $300 million purchase of Tech TV, which it merged with its own G4 channel to form G4TechTV. Distribution of the channel jumped from 15 to 44 million homes.
2005: Sony and Comcast join forces to acquire MGM for about $4.8 billion.
SEE ALSO: Comcast Bets On Heft At Dizzying Time For Media
2005: Comcast and Time Warner Cable pony up $17.6 billion for Adelphia Communications. The deal was finalized after a seven-month investigation by the FCC.
2007: Comcast pays $483 million for a small cable operator, Patriot Media. The company only has 81,000 subscribers, which at the time made it the most expensive in cable-TV history on a per-subscriber basis.
2011: Comcast completes its purchase of NBCUniversal, taking a controlling 51% stake. The purchase (at around $30 billion) was first announced in 2009, but was not approved by the FCC until January 2011.
2013: Comcast buys the remaining 49% in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion. Comcast threw in another $1.4 billion for NBCU's properties at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and CNBC digs in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Comcast: A Long History of M&A Activity
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.