Comcast reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results as it continued to poach telephone customers from incumbent carriers and bolstered its high-speed Internet subscriber base.
The cable giant, which will become one of the larger media players if it closes its purchase of NBC Universal, delivered fourth-quarter earnings of 33 cents a share, up from 14 cents a year ago. That sum includes a tax benefit of 4 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting earnings of 27 cents a share.
Comcast's revenue also topped expectations. The company's fourth-quarter revenue was $9.07 billion, up 3 percent from a year ago and better than the $8.96 billion Wall Street estimate.
Read more of "Comcast earnings propelled by broadband, voice subscriber gains" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.