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Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), DISH Network Corp. (DISH), DIRECTV (DTV): A Clear Winner in the Cable TV Battle

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Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) plans to expand its video-on-demand program to customers by launching a free, one-week preview of its platform Xfinity. It recently purchased the remaining ownership of NBC Universal from General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), and is currently bidding on broadcast rights for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The company is in full force, which makes it an attractive company to look at for a media investment.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) offers cable television, Internet, and content subscriptions. The company owns NBC Universal and Telemundo cable television networks. It also has a film entertainment division and a stage play division. It is truly an entertainment company.

Two main competitors of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) and DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH).

Company Market Cap Quarterly Rev Growth Revenue Gross Margin Net Income Net Margin EPS P/E P/S
CMCSA $110.81 billion 6% $65.57 billion 68% $6.2 billion 9.46% $2.28 18.41 1.76
DTV $32.438 billion 8% $29.74 billion 48% $2.95 billion 9.92% $4.58 12.36 1.1
DISH $17.17 billion -1% $14.27 billion 40% $636.69 million 4.46% $1.41 26.88 1.21

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) is the second largest in this group with solid top line growth over the last two years. Its net margin is the highest in the group due to lower costs. The company is heavily focused on sports programming and has many sport-specific cable packages. This comes at a premium price to subscribers. Its Latin American business is nearly as large as the United States, with 15 million and 20 million subscribers, respectively.

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) is the smallest and least profitable company in this group. Over the last 5 years, the company’s subscribers have only grown at an annual rate of 0.4%. Some of these years saw a net decline in subscribers, so the growth is highly mixed. It has lost key partnerships with content providers, but did buy Blockbuster’s streaming video business in the past. It sees an uphill battle with gaining subscribers and growing its bottom line.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is the largest and most diversified television provider. With its NBC division, it has a goal of being the largest sports television programming station. It will come with resistance from The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)’s ESPN, which is an estimated $40 billion business. NBC Universal is roughly $30 billion.

This is the goal fueling the company’s decision to invest $4.4 billion for the 2016 Summer Olympics. With increased exposure during the Olympics, Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) may be able to take strength away from other stations to eventually have better sports broadcasting. It is not an easy or quick accomplishment, but it is a mighty goal to have.

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