For the quarter ended June 30, the Philadelphia cable giant earned $1.7 billion, or 65 cents a share, up from $1.3 billion in the year-earlier period. Revenue was up 7% to $16.3 billion.
NBCUniversal generated 8.9% higher revenue, to nearly $6 billion.
The highly profitable cable television unit, which includes
Los Angeles-headquartered Universal Pictures had a strong quarter with revenue up 12.8% to $1.4 billion. Profits were fueled by the movie studio's muscle-bound franchise
Universal's current quarter, however, has been manic. The blockbuster animated film,
"We've had some ups and downs," Comcast Chief Executive
But analysts were encouraged not to despair over "R.I.P.D."
"'Despicable Me 2' is going to turn out to be the single most profitable film in the 100-plus year history of Universal Pictures," NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said.
Meanwhile, Universal theme parks, despite higher investment costs, posted 1.1% higher revenue to $546 million for the quarter.