424B2 1 d424b2.htm PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT - COMCAST CORP Preliminary Prospectus Supplement - Comcast Corp
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The information in this preliminary prospectus supplement is not complete and may be changed. This preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are not offering to sell or soliciting an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer or sale of, the securities to which this preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relate in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or sale is not permitted.

 

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(B)(2)
Registration No. 333-158816

Subject to Completion, dated November 17, 2010

PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

(To prospectus dated April 27, 2009)

LOGO

£                % Notes due 2029

The Notes due 2029 will bear interest at a rate of         % per year and will mature on November     , 2029. We will pay interest on the notes on November      of each year, beginning November     , 2011. We may redeem any of the notes at any time by paying the greater of the principal amount of such notes or a “make-whole” amount, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest. See “Description of the Notes—Optional Redemption.”

The notes will be unsecured and will rank equally with all of our unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by our wholly-owned cable subsidiaries named in this prospectus supplement and in the accompanying prospectus.

The notes will be issued in minimum denominations of £50,000 and in multiples of £1,000 in excess thereof.

We intend to apply to list the notes on the New York Stock Exchange. We expect trading in the notes on the New York Stock Exchange to begin within 30 days after the original issue date. Currently there is no public market for the notes.

Investing in the notes involves risks that are described in the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page S-5.

 

      

Price to Investors

    Underwriters’
Discount
    Proceeds to Us Before
Expenses
 

Per note due 2029(1)

                                                     

Total

     £                                    £                                    £                                 

 

(1) Plus accrued interest, if any, from November         , 2010, if settlement occurs after that date.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The notes will be ready for delivery only through the facilities of Clearstream or Euroclear, as the case may be, in book-entry form on or about November     , 2010.

Joint Book-Running Managers

 

Barclays Capital         Deutsche Bank   Goldman Sachs International   The Royal Bank of Scotland

 

 

 

   

The date of this prospectus supplement is November         , 2010.


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Prospectus Supplement

 

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Prospectus Supplement Summary

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Risk Factors

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Currency Conversion

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Use of Proceeds

     S-6   

Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges

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Description of the Notes

     S-7   

Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences

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Underwriting

     S-19   

Legal Matters

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Experts

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Prospectus   

The Companies

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

     3   

Use of Proceeds

     3   

Dividend Policy

     3   

Ratios of Earnings to Fixed Charges and of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges and Preferred Dividends

     4   

Description of Debt Securities and Cable Guarantees

     5   

Global Securities

     19   

Description of Capital Stock

     21   

Plan of Distribution

     25   

Legal Matters

     26   

Experts

     26   

Available Information

     26   

Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference

     27   

We have not authorized anyone to provide any information other than that contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus or in any free writing prospectus prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. We take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. If anyone provides you with different or inconsistent information, you should not rely on it. We are not, and the underwriters are not, making an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should assume that the information appearing in this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference herein or therein is accurate only as of their respective dates. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since those dates.

The notes are offered globally for sale in those jurisdictions in Europe, the United States, Asia and elsewhere where it is lawful to make such offers. See “Underwriting.”

The distribution of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and the offering of the notes in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus come should inform themselves about and observe these restrictions. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus do not constitute, and may not be used in connection with an offer or solicitation by anyone in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is not authorized or

 

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in which the person making such offer or solicitation is not qualified to do so or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation. See “Underwriting—Selling Restrictions.”

References in this prospectus supplement to “$,” “dollars” and “U.S. dollars” are to the currency of the United States of America; references to “£,” “pounds Sterling,” and “Sterling” are to the currency of the United Kingdom.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUE OF THE NOTES, THE UNDERWRITERS (IN THIS CAPACITY, THE “STABILIZING MANAGERS”) (OR ANY PERSON ACTING FOR THEM) MAY OVER-ALLOT NOTES OR EFFECT TRANSACTIONS WITH A VIEW TO SUPPORTING THE MARKET PRICE OF THE NOTES AT A LEVEL HIGHER THAN THAT WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE PREVAIL. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO ASSURANCE THAT THE STABILIZING MANAGERS (OR PERSONS ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE STABILIZING MANAGERS) WILL UNDERTAKE ANY STABILIZATION ACTION. ANY STABILIZATION ACTION MAY BEGIN ON OR AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH ADEQUATE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF THE FINAL TERMS OF THE OFFER OF THE NOTES IS MADE, AND, IF BEGUN, MAY BE ENDED AT ANY TIME, BUT IT MUST END NO LATER THAN THE EARLIER OF 30 DAYS AFTER THE ISSUE OF THE NOTES AND 60 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF THE ALLOTMENT OF THE NOTES.

ANY STABILIZATION ACTION COMMENCED WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.

 

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PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT SUMMARY

The Companies

Comcast Corporation

We are a leading provider of video, high-speed Internet and phone services, offering a variety of entertainment, information and communications services to residential and commercial customers. As of September 30, 2010, our cable systems served approximately 22.9 million video customers, 16.7 million high-speed Internet customers and 8.4 million phone customers and passed over 51 million homes and businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia. We report the results of these operations as our Cable segment, which generates approximately 94% of our consolidated revenue. Our Cable segment also includes the operations of our regional sports networks. Our Cable segment generates revenue primarily through subscriptions to our video, high-speed Internet and phone services. Other Cable segment revenue sources include the sale of advertising and the operation of our regional sports networks. Our Programming segment consists primarily of our consolidated national programming networks, E!, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4 and Style. Revenue from our Programming segment is generated primarily from monthly per subscriber license fees paid by multichannel video providers, the sale of advertising and the licensing of our programming internationally.

Our other business interests include Comcast Interactive Media and Comcast Spectacor. Comcast Interactive Media develops and operates our Internet businesses, including Comcast.net, Fancast, Fandango, Plaxo and DailyCandy. Comcast Spectacor owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and provides facilities management services, including food services for sporting events, concerts and other events. Comcast Interactive Media, Comcast Spectacor and all other consolidated businesses not included in our Cable or Programming segments are included in “Corporate and Other” activities.

We entered into agreements with General Electric Company (“GE”) in December 2009 to form a new company of which we will own 51% and control, with the remaining 49% to be owned by GE. Under the terms of the transaction, GE will contribute NBC Universal’s businesses, including its cable and broadcast networks, filmed entertainment, televised entertainment, theme parks and unconsolidated investments, as well as other GE assets used primarily in NBC Universal’s business. NBC Universal sold $4.0 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes in April 2010 and $5.1 billion of senior notes in October 2010 in connection with the transaction. We will contribute our national programming networks, our regional sports networks and certain of our Internet businesses, as well as other assets used primarily in those businesses. We will also make a cash payment to GE of $7.1 billion, less certain adjustments primarily based on the free cash flow generated by NBC Universal between December 4, 2009 and the closing. The transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2010.

For a description of our business, financial condition, results of operations and other important information regarding us, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) incorporated by reference in the accompanying prospectus. For instructions on how to find copies of these and our other filings incorporated by reference in the accompanying prospectus, see “Available Information” in the accompanying prospectus.

Our principal executive office is located at One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2838. Our telephone number is (215) 286-1700. The address of our website is www.comcast.com. The information on our website is not part of this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus.

Cable Guarantors

Our obligations, including the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest on the notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, Comcast Cable Holdings,

 

 

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LLC, Comcast MO Group, Inc. and Comcast MO of Delaware, LLC. In this prospectus supplement, we refer to these guarantors as the cable guarantors and to these guarantees as the cable guarantees.

The cable guarantees will not contain any restrictions on the ability of any cable guarantor to:

 

   

pay dividends or distributions on, or redeem, purchase, acquire, or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of that cable guarantor’s capital stock; or

 

   

make any payment of principal, interest or premium, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities of that cable guarantor.

Each cable guarantor’s principal place of business is One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2838.

 

 

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The Offering

 

Issuer

Comcast Corporation.

 

Securities Offered

£             aggregate principal amount of             % Notes due 2029.

 

 

Maturity

The notes will mature on November     , 2029.

 

Interest

Interest on the notes will accrue at the rate of             % per year, payable annually in cash in arrears on November     , beginning on November     , 2011. Interest on the notes will be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the date from which interest begins to accrue for the period (or November     , 2010 if no interest has been paid on the notes), to but excluding the next scheduled interest payment date. If the scheduled interest payment date is not a business day, then interest will be paid on the first business day following the scheduled interest payment date. Interest periods are unadjusted. The day count convention is ACTUAL/ACTUAL (ICMA).

 

Currency of Payment

All payments of interest and principal, including any payments made upon any redemption of the notes, will be made in Sterling, or, if the United Kingdom adopts euro as its lawful currency, in euro. If Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated into euro, euro is unavailable to us due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control, then all payments in respect of the notes will be made in U.S. dollars until Sterling or euro, as the case may be, is again available to us or so used.

 

Denomination

We will issue the notes in minimum denominations of £50,000 and in multiples of £1,000 in excess thereof.

 

Ranking

The notes will be unsecured and will rank equally with all of our unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness.

 

Cable Guarantors

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC, Comcast MO Group, Inc. and Comcast MO of Delaware, LLC.

 

Cable Guarantees

The cable guarantors will fully and unconditionally guarantee the notes, including the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest. The cable guarantees will rank equally with all other general unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the cable guarantors.

 

 

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Optional Redemption

We may redeem all or part of the notes at our option at a redemption price equal to the greater of:

 

   

100% of the principal amount of the notes being redeemed; and

 

   

the Make-Whole Amount, as defined in “Description of the Notes—Optional Redemption” in this prospectus supplement for the notes being redeemed; plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date.

 

Additional Amounts

We will, subject to certain exceptions and limitations set forth herein, pay additional amounts on the notes as are necessary in order that the net payment by us or a paying agent of the principal of and interest on the notes to a holder who is not a United States person, after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by the United States or a taxing authority in the United States will not be less than the amount provided in the notes to be then due and payable. See “Description of the Notes—Payment of Additional Amounts.”

 

Redemption for Tax Reasons

We may offer to redeem all but not part of the notes in the event of certain changes in the tax laws of the United States (or any taxing authority in the United States). This redemption would be at 100% of the principal amount, together with interest accrued but unpaid on the notes to the date fixed for redemption. See “Description of the Notes—Redemption for Tax Reasons.”

 

Use of Proceeds

We intend to use the proceeds from this offering, after deducting fees and expenses, for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include funding a portion of our payment to GE due upon closing of the NBC Universal Transaction.

 

Listing

We intend to apply to list the notes on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Book Entry

The notes will be issued in book-entry form and will be represented by global notes deposited with, or on behalf of, a common depositary on behalf of Euroclear and Clearstream and registered in the name of the common depositary or its nominee. Beneficial interests in any of the notes will be shown on, and transfers will be effected only through, records maintained by Euroclear and Clearstream and their participants, and these beneficial interests may not be exchanged for certificated notes, except in limited circumstances. See “Description of the Notes—Book-Entry System” in this prospectus supplement.

 

Governing Law

The notes will be governed by the laws of the State of New York.

 

 

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RISK FACTORS

An investment in the notes may involve risks. Prior to deciding to purchase any notes, prospective investors should consider carefully all of the information set forth in this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference into the accompanying prospectus. In particular, you should carefully consider the risk factors described below, as well as the risk factors relating to our business set forth in “Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, which is incorporated by reference into the accompanying prospectus.

An investment in the notes by a purchaser whose home currency is not Sterling entails significant risks.

An investment in the notes by a purchaser whose home currency is not Sterling entails significant risks. These risks include the possibility of significant changes in rates of exchange between the holder’s home currency and Sterling and the possibility of the imposition or subsequent modification of foreign exchange controls. These risks generally depend on factors over which we have no control, such as economic and political events and the supply of and demand for the relevant currencies. In the past, rates of exchange between Sterling and certain currencies have been highly volatile, and each holder should be aware that volatility may occur in the future. Fluctuations in any particular exchange rate that have occurred in the past, however, are not necessarily indicative of fluctuations in the rate that may occur during the term of the notes. Depreciation of Sterling against the holder’s home currency would result in a decrease in the effective yield of the notes below its coupon rate and, in certain circumstances, could result in a loss to the holder.

The notes permit us to make payments in U.S. dollars if we are unable to obtain Sterling.

If Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated in euro, euro is unavailable to us due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control, then all payments in respect of the notes will be made in U.S. dollars until Sterling or euro, as the case may be, is again available to us. The amount payable on any date in Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated in euro, euro will be converted into U.S. dollars on the basis of the then most recently available market exchange rate for Sterling or euro, as the case may be. Any payment in respect of the notes so made in U.S. dollars will not constitute an event of default under the indenture.

In a lawsuit for payment on the notes, an investor may bear currency exchange risk.

The notes will be governed by New York law. Under New York law, a New York state court rendering a judgment on the notes would be required to render the judgment in Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated in euro, euro. However, the judgment would be converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate prevailing on the date of entry of the judgment. Consequently, in a lawsuit for payment on the notes, investors would bear currency exchange risk until a New York state court judgment is entered, which could be a long time.

In courts outside of New York, investors may not be able to obtain a judgment in a currency other than U.S. dollars. For example, a judgment for money in an action based on the notes in many other U.S. federal or state courts ordinarily would be enforced in the United States only in U.S. dollars. The date used to determine the rate of conversion of Sterling into U.S. dollars would depend upon various factors, including which court renders the judgment.

The trading market for the notes may be limited.

The notes are a new issue of securities for which no established trading market exists. If an active trading market does not develop for the notes, investors may not be able to resell them. Although we intend to apply for listing of the notes for trading on the New York Stock Exchange, no assurance can be given that a trading market for the notes will develop. The underwriters for this offering have advised us that they intend to make a market in

 

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the notes prior to the date the notes begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. However, the underwriters are not obligated to do so and may discontinue market making at any time. Therefore, no assurance can be given as to the liquidity of, or trading markets for, the notes. The lack of a trading market could adversely affect investors’ ability to sell the notes and the price at which investors may be able to sell the notes. The liquidity of the trading market, if any, and future trading prices of the notes will depend on many factors, including, among other things, the number of holders of the notes, our operating results, financial performance and prospects, prevailing interest rates, the market for similar securities and the overall securities market, and may be adversely affected by unfavorable changes in these factors.

CURRENCY CONVERSION

Principal and interest payments in respect of the notes will be payable in Sterling or, if the United Kingdom adopts euro as its lawful currency, in euro. If Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated into euro, euro is unavailable to us due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control, then all payments in respect of the notes will be made in U.S. dollars until Sterling or euro, as the case may be, is again available to us. The amount payable on any date in Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated into euro, euro will be converted into U.S. dollars on the basis of the most recently available market exchange rate for Sterling or euro, as the case may be. Any payment in respect of the notes so made in U.S. dollars will not constitute an event of default under the indenture.

Investors will be subject to foreign exchange risks as to payments of principal and interest that may have important economic and tax consequences to them. See “Risk Factors.”

As of November     , 2010, the Sterling/U.S.$ rate of exchange was £             / U.S.$1.00.

USE OF PROCEEDS

We intend to use the proceeds from this offering, after deducting fees and expenses, for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include funding a portion of our payment to GE due upon closing of the NBC Universal Transaction.

RATIO OF EARNINGS TO FIXED CHARGES

Our ratio of earnings to fixed charges was as follows for the respective periods indicated:

 

Nine Months

Ended

September 30, 2010

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

3.63x

 

3.10x

 

2.59x

  2.85x   2.72x(1)   1.92x(1)

 

(1) In July 2006, in connection with certain transactions with Adelphia and Time Warner, we transferred our previously owned cable systems located in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Dallas to Time Warner Cable. These cable systems are presented as discontinued operations for the years ended on or before December 31, 2006. Accordingly, we have adjusted the ratio of earnings to fixed charges to reflect the impact of discontinued operations.

For purposes of calculating the ratio of earnings to fixed charges, earnings is the amount resulting from (1) adding (a) pretax income from continuing operations before adjustment for noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries or income or loss from equity investees, (b) fixed charges, (c) amortization of capitalized interest, (d) distributed income of equity investees and (e) our share of pretax losses of equity investees for which charges arising from guarantees are included in fixed charges and (2) subtracting (i) interest

 

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capitalized, (ii) preference security dividend requirements of consolidated subsidiaries and (iii) the noncontrolling interest in pretax income of subsidiaries that have not incurred fixed charges. Fixed charges is the sum of (w) interest expensed and capitalized, (x) amortized premiums, discounts and capitalized expenses related to indebtedness, (y) an estimate of the interest within rental expense and (z) preference security dividend requirements of our consolidated subsidiaries. Preference security dividend is the amount of pretax earnings that is required to pay the dividends on outstanding preference securities. Interest associated with our uncertain tax positions is a component of income tax expense.

DESCRIPTION OF THE NOTES

We are offering £             aggregate principal amount of our             % Notes due 2029. The notes will be issued under an indenture, dated as of January 7, 2003 and supplemented as of March 25, 2003 and August 31, 2009, among us, the cable guarantors and The Bank of New York Mellon, formerly known as The Bank of New York, as trustee. The notes will be our direct unsecured and unsubordinated obligations and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC, Comcast MO Group, Inc. and Comcast MO of Delaware, LLC, referred to as the cable guarantors, as described below. The terms of the notes include those stated in the indenture and those made part of the indenture by reference to the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended. The indenture provides that we will have the ability to issue securities with terms different from those of the notes. We also have the ability to “reopen” a series of these notes and issue additional notes of such series. Additional notes of such series will be consolidated with and form a single series with the notes then outstanding of such series. Copies of the indenture and the form of notes are available from us upon request.

The following, along with the additional information contained in the accompanying prospectus under “Description of Debt Securities and Cable Guarantees,” is a summary of the material provisions of the indenture, the notes and the cable guarantees. Because this is a summary, it may not contain all the information that is important to you. For further information, you should read the notes and the indenture.

Basic Terms of the Notes

The notes:

 

   

will rank equally with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated debt and will be entitled to the benefits of the cable guarantees described below;

 

   

will be issued in an initial aggregate principal amount of £            , maturing on November     , 2029, with interest payable annually on November     , beginning November     , 2011, to holders of record on the preceding November     ; and

 

   

are issuable in fully registered form, in minimum denominations of £50,000 and in multiples of £1,000 in excess thereof.

Issuance in Sterling

Initial holders will be required to pay for the notes in Sterling, and principal and interest payments in respect of the notes will be payable in Sterling. If, on or after the date of this prospectus supplement, the United Kingdom adopts euro, in lieu of Sterling, as its lawful currency, the notes will be redenominated in euro on a date determined by us, with a principal amount for each note equal to the principal amount of that note in Sterling, converted into euro at the rate established by the applicable law; provided that, if we determine after consultation with the paying agent that the then current market practice in respect of redenomination into euro of internationally offered securities is different from the provisions specified above, such provisions will be deemed to be amended so as to comply with such market practice and we will promptly notify the trustee and the paying agent of such deemed amendment. We will give 30 days’ notice of the redenomination date to the paying agent, the trustee, Euroclear and Clearstream.

 

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If Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated in euro, euro is unavailable to us due to the imposition of exchange controls or other circumstances beyond our control (other than due to the circumstances described in the preceding paragraph), then all payments in respect of the notes will be made in U.S. dollars until Sterling or euro, as the case may be, is again available to us. The amount payable on any date in Sterling or, in the event the notes are redenominated in euro, euro will be converted to U.S. dollars on the basis of the then most recently available market exchange rate for Sterling or euro, as the case may be. Any payment in respect of the notes so made in U.S. dollars will not constitute an event of default under the indenture.

Business Day

The term “business day” means any day other than a Saturday or Sunday or a day on which banking institutions in The City of New York or the City of London are authorized or required by law or executive order to close.

Interest Payments

Interest on the notes will be computed on the basis of the actual number of days in the period for which interest is being calculated and the actual number of days from and including the date from which interest begins to accrue for the period (or November     , 2010 if no interest has been paid on the notes), to but excluding the next scheduled interest payment date. If the scheduled interest payment date is not a business day, then interest will be paid on the first business day following the scheduled interest payment date. Interest periods are unadjusted. The day count convention is ACTUAL/ACTUAL (ICMA).

For more information on payment and transfer procedures for the notes, see “—Book-Entry System” below.

Cable Guarantees

Our obligations under the notes and the indenture, including the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest, will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each of the cable guarantors as described in the accompanying prospectus. On August 31, 2009, Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Inc., formerly a cable guarantor, merged with and into Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC continuing as the surviving entity and a cable guarantor.

The cable guarantees will not contain any restrictions on the ability of any cable guarantor to (i) pay dividends or distributions on, or redeem, purchase, acquire, or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of that cable guarantor’s capital stock or (ii) make any payment of principal, interest or premium, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities of that cable guarantor.

Optional Redemption

We will have the right at our option to redeem any of the notes in whole or in part, at any time or from time to time prior to their maturity, on at least 30 days, but not more than 60 days, prior notice mailed to the registered address of each holder of notes, at a redemption price equal to the greater of (i) 100% of the principal amount of such notes and (ii) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest thereon (exclusive of interest accrued to the date of redemption) discounted to the redemption date on an annual basis (actual/actual (ICMA)) at the Comparable Government Bond Rate plus          basis points (the “Make-Whole Amount”) plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the date of redemption.

“Comparable Government Bond Rate” means the price, expressed as a percentage (rounded to three decimal places, 0.0005 being rounded upwards), at which the gross redemption yield (as calculated by the trustee) on the notes, if they were to be purchased at such price on the third business day prior to the date fixed for redemption, would be equal to the gross redemption yield on such business day of the Comparable Government Bond (as defined below) on the basis of the middle market price of the Comparable Government Bond prevailing at 11:00 a.m. (London time) on such business day as determined by an independent investment bank selected by us.

 

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“Comparable Government Bond” means, in relation to any Comparable Government Bond Rate calculation, at the discretion of an independent investment bank selected by us, a United Kingdom government bond whose maturity is closest to the maturity of the notes, or if such independent investment bank in its discretion considers that such similar bond is not in issue, such other United Kingdom government bond as such independent investment bank may, with the advice of three brokers of, and/or market makers in, United Kingdom government bonds selected by such independent investment bank, determine to be appropriate for determining the Comparable Government Bond Rate.

On and after the redemption date, interest will cease to accrue on the notes or any portion of the notes called for redemption (unless we default in the payment of the redemption price and accrued interest). On or before the redemption date, we will deposit with the trustee money sufficient to pay the redemption price of and (unless the redemption date shall be an interest payment date) accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date on the notes to be redeemed on such date. If less than all of the notes of any series are to be redeemed, the notes to be redeemed shall be selected by the trustee by such method as the trustee shall deem fair and appropriate. Additionally, we may at any time repurchase notes in the open market and may hold or surrender such notes to the trustee for cancellation.

The notes are also subject to redemption prior to maturity if certain events occur involving United States taxation. If any of these special tax events do occur, the notes will be redeemed at a redemption price of 100% of their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date fixed for redemption. See “—Redemption for Tax Reasons.”

Payment of Additional Amounts

We will, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest on the notes such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by us or a paying agent of the principal of and interest on the notes to a holder who is not a United States person (as defined below), after withholding or deduction for any present or future tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by the United States or a taxing authority in the United States will not be less than the amount provided in the notes to be then due and payable; provided, however, that the foregoing obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply:

 

  (1) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the holder, or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of the holder if the holder is an estate, trust, partnership or corporation, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary holder, being considered as:

 

  (a) being or having been engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States;

 

  (b) having a current or former connection with the United States (other than a connection arising solely as a result of the ownership of the notes, the receipt of any payment or the enforcement of any rights hereunder), including being or having been a citizen or resident of the United States;

 

  (c) being or having been a personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation with respect to the United States or a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid United States federal income tax;

 

  (d) being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of Comcast as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or any successor provision; or

 

  (e) being a bank receiving payments on an extension of credit made pursuant to a loan agreement entered into the ordinary course of its trade or business;

 

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  (2) to any holder that is not the sole beneficial owner of the notes, or a portion of the notes, or that is a fiduciary, partnership or limited liability company, but only to the extent that a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, a beneficial owner or member of the partnership or limited liability company would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment;

 

  (3) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the holder or any other person to comply with certification, identification or information reporting requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the holder or beneficial owner of the notes, if compliance is required by statute, by regulation of the United States or any taxing authority therein or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

  (4) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by us or a paying agent from the payment;

 

  (5) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 15 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later;

 

  (6) to any estate, inheritance, gift, sales, excise, transfer, wealth, capital gains or personal property tax or similar tax, assessment or other governmental charge;

 

  (7) to any withholding or deduction that is imposed on a payment to an individual and that is required to be made pursuant to any law implementing or complying with, or introduced in order to conform to, any European Union Directive on the taxation of savings;

 

  (8) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any note, if such payment can be made without such withholding by at least one other paying agent;

 

  (9) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the presentation by the holder of any note, where presentation is required, for payment on a date more than 30 days after the date on which payment became due and payable or the date on which payment thereof is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; or

 

  (10) in the case of any combination of items (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), and (9).

The notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable to the notes. Except as specifically provided under this heading “—Payments of Additional Amounts,” we will not be required to make any payment for any tax, assessment or other governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority of or in any government or political subdivision.

As used under this heading “—Payments of Additional Amounts” and under the heading “—Redemption for Tax Reasons”, the term “United States” means the United States of America (including the states and the District of Columbia and any political subdivision thereof), and the term “United States person” means any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state of the United States or the District of Columbia (other than a partnership that is not treated as a United States person under any applicable Treasury regulations), or any estate or trust the income of which is subject to United States federal income taxation regardless of its source.

 

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Redemption for Tax Reasons

If, as a result of any change in, or amendment to, the laws (or any regulations or rulings promulgated under the laws) of the United States (or any taxing authority in the United States), or any change in, or amendments to, an official position regarding the application or interpretation of such laws, regulations or rulings, which change or amendment is announced or becomes effective on or after the date of this prospectus supplement, we become or, based upon a written opinion of independent counsel selected by us, will become obligated to pay additional amounts as described herein under the heading “—Payment of Additional Amounts” with respect to the notes, then we may at any time at our option redeem, in whole, but not in part, the notes on not less than 30 nor more than 60 days prior notice, at a redemption price equal to 100% of their principal amount, together with interest accrued but unpaid on those notes to the date fixed for redemption.

No Mandatory Redemption or Sinking Fund

There will be no mandatory redemption prior to maturity or sinking fund payments for the notes.

Additional Debt

The indenture does not limit the amount of debt we may issue under the indenture or otherwise.

Discharge and Defeasance

Reference to “money or U.S. Government Obligations” in the discharge and defeasance sections of the indenture shall, with respect to the notes, refer to the lawful currency in which the notes are payable at the time of deposit with the trustee or government obligations of the United Kingdom (or the U.S. government if such currency is the U.S. dollar) payable in such currency.

Book-Entry System

We have obtained the information in this section concerning Clearstream Banking, société anonyme, Luxembourg (“Clearstream”) and Euroclear Bank SA/NV (“Euroclear”) and their book-entry systems and procedures from sources that we believe to be reliable. We take no responsibility for an accurate portrayal of this information. In addition, the description of the clearing systems in this section reflects our understanding of the rules and procedures of Clearstream and Euroclear as they are currently in effect. Those systems could change their rules and procedures at any time.

The notes will initially be represented by one or more fully registered global notes. Each such global note will be deposited with, or on behalf of, a common depositary, and registered in the name of the nominee of the common depositary for the accounts of Clearstream and Euroclear. You may hold your interests in the global notes in Europe through Clearstream or Euroclear, either as a participant in such systems or indirectly through organizations which are participants in such systems. Clearstream and Euroclear will hold interests in the global notes on behalf of their respective participating organizations or customers through customers’ securities accounts in Clearstream’s or Euroclear’s names on the books of their respective depositaries. Book-entry interests in the notes and all transfers relating to the notes will be reflected in the book-entry records of Clearstream and Euroclear.

The distribution of the notes will be cleared through Clearstream and Euroclear. Any secondary market trading of book-entry interests in the notes will take place through Clearstream and Euroclear participants and will settle in same-day funds. Owners of book-entry interests in the notes will receive payments relating to their notes in Sterling.

 

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Clearstream and Euroclear have established electronic securities and payment transfer, processing, depositary and custodial links among themselves and others, either directly or through custodians and depositaries. These links allow securities to be issued, held and transferred among the clearing systems without the physical transfer of certificates. Special procedures to facilitate clearance and settlement have been established among these clearing systems to trade securities across borders in the secondary market.

The policies of Clearstream and Euroclear will govern payments, transfers, exchange and other matters relating to the investor’s interest in securities held by them. We have no responsibility for any aspect of the records kept by Clearstream or Euroclear or any of their direct or indirect participants. We also do not supervise these systems in any way.

Clearstream and Euroclear and their participants perform these clearance and settlement functions under agreements they have made with one another or with their customers. You should be aware that they are not obligated to perform or continue to perform these procedures and may modify them or discontinue them at any time.

Except as provided below, owners of beneficial interests in the notes will not be entitled to have the notes registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of the notes in definitive form and will not be considered the owners or holders of the notes under the indenture, including for purposes of receiving any reports delivered by us or the trustee pursuant to the indenture. Accordingly, each person owning a beneficial interest in a note must rely on the procedures of the depositary and, if such person is not a participant, on the procedures of the participant through which such person owns its interest, in order to exercise any rights of a holder of notes.

The description of the clearing systems in this section reflects our understanding of the rules and procedures of Clearstream and Euroclear as they are currently in effect. These systems could change their rules and procedures at any time. We have obtained the information in this section concerning Clearstream and Euroclear and their book-entry systems and procedures from sources that we believe to be reliable, but we take no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.

Clearstream

Clearstream has advised that it is incorporated under the laws of Luxembourg and licensed as a bank and professional depositary. Clearstream holds securities for its participating organizations and facilitates the clearance and settlement of securities transactions among its participants through electronic book-entry changes in accounts of its participants, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of certificates. Clearstream provides to its participants, among other things, services for safekeeping, administration, clearance and settlement of internationally traded securities and securities lending and borrowing. Clearstream interfaces with domestic markets in several countries. Clearstream has established an electronic bridge with the Euroclear operator to facilitate the settlement of trades between Clearstream and Euroclear. As a registered bank in Luxembourg, Clearstream is subject to regulation by the Luxembourg Commission for the Supervision of the Financial Sector. Clearstream customers are recognized financial institutions around the world, including underwriters, securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations and may include the underwriters. Indirect access to Clearstream is also available to others, such as banks, brokers, dealers and trust companies that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a Clearstream participant, either directly or indirectly.

Distributions with respect to notes held beneficially through Clearstream will be credited to cash accounts of Clearstream participants in accordance with its rules and procedures.

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payment, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of certificates and any risk from lack of simultaneous transfers of securities and cash. Euroclear includes various other services, including securities lending and borrowing and interfaces with domestic markets in several countries. Euroclear is operated by Euroclear Bank S.A. /N.V. (the “Euroclear Operator”). All operations are conducted by the Euroclear Operator, and all Euroclear securities clearance accounts and Euroclear cash accounts are accounts with the Euroclear Operator. Euroclear participants include banks (including central banks), securities brokers and dealers and other professional financial intermediaries and may include the underwriters. Indirect access to Euroclear is also available to other firms that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a Euroclear participant, either directly or indirectly.

Securities clearance accounts and cash accounts with the Euroclear Operator are governed by the Terms and Conditions Governing Use of Euroclear and the related Operating Procedures of Euroclear, and applicable Belgian law (collectively, the “Terms and Conditions”). The Terms and Conditions govern transfers of securities and cash within Euroclear, withdrawals of securities and cash from Euroclear, and receipts of payments with respect to securities in Euroclear. All securities in Euroclear are held on a fungible basis without attribution of specific certificates to specific securities clearance accounts. The Euroclear Operator acts under the Terms and Conditions only on behalf of Euroclear participants, and has no records of or relationship with persons holding through Euroclear participants.

Distributions with respect to the notes held beneficially through Euroclear will be credited to the cash accounts of Euroclear participants in accordance with the Terms and Conditions.

Clearance and Settlement Procedures

We understand that investors that hold their notes through Clearstream or Euroclear accounts will follow the settlement procedures that are applicable to conventional eurobonds in registered form. Notes will be credited to the securities custody accounts of Clearstream and Euroclear participants on the business day following the settlement date, for value on the settlement date. They will be credited either free of payment or against payment for value on the settlement date.

We understand that secondary market trading between Clearstream and/or Euroclear participants will occur in the ordinary way following the applicable rules and operating procedures of Clearstream and Euroclear. Secondary market trading will be settled using procedures applicable to conventional eurobonds in registered form.

You should be aware that investors will only be able to make and receive deliveries, payments and other communications involving the notes through Clearstream and Euroclear on days when those systems are open for business. Those systems may not be open for business on days when banks, brokers and other institutions are open for business in the United States.

In addition, because of time-zone differences, there may be problems with completing transactions involving Clearstream and Euroclear on the same business day as in the United States. U.S. investors who wish to transfer their interests in the notes, or to make or receive a payment or delivery of the notes, on a particular day, may find that the transactions will not be performed until the next business day in Luxembourg or Brussels, depending on whether Clearstream or Euroclear is used.

Clearstream or Euroclear will credit payments to the cash accounts of Clearstream customers or Euroclear participants in accordance with the relevant system’s rules and procedures, to the extent received by its depositary. Clearstream or the Euroclear Operator, as the case may be, will take any other action permitted to be taken by a holder under the indenture on behalf of a Clearstream customer or Euroclear participant only in accordance with its relevant rules and procedures.

 

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Clearstream and Euroclear have agreed to the foregoing procedures in order to facilitate transfers of the notes among participants of Clearstream and Euroclear. However, they are under no obligation to perform or continue to perform those procedures, and they may discontinue those procedures at any time.

Certificated Notes

Subject to certain conditions, the notes represented by the global notes are exchangeable for certificated notes in definitive form of like tenor in minimum denominations of £50,000 principal amount and multiples of £1,000 in excess thereof if:

 

  (1) the common depositary provides notification that it is unwilling, unable or no longer qualified to continue as depositary for the global notes and a successor is not appointed within 90 days;

 

  (2) we in our discretion at any time determine not to have all the notes represented by the global notes; or

 

  (3) a default entitling the holders of the applicable notes to accelerate the maturity thereof has occurred and is continuing.

Any note that is exchangeable as above is exchangeable for certificated notes issuable in authorized denominations and registered in such names as the common depositary shall direct. Subject to the foregoing, a global note is not exchangeable, except for a global note of the same aggregate denomination to be registered in the name of the common depositary (or its nominee).

Same-Day Payment

The indenture requires payments to be made in respect of the applicable notes represented by the Global Notes (including principal, premium and interest) by wire transfer of immediately available funds to the accounts specified by the holder thereof or, if no such account is specified, by mailing a check to such holder’s registered address.

Payments (including principal, premium and interest) and transfers with respect to notes in certificated form may be executed at the office or agency maintained for such purpose within the City of London (initially the office of the paying agent maintained for such purpose) or, at our option, by check mailed to the holders thereof at the respective addresses set forth in the register of holders of the applicable notes, provided that all payments (including principal, premium and interest) on notes in certificated form, for which the holders thereof have given wire transfer instructions, will be required to be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds to the accounts specified by the holders thereof. No service charge will be made for any registration of transfer, but payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or governmental charge payable in connection with that registration may be required.

The paying agent for the notes will initially be The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch.

 

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MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES

The following are the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of ownership and disposition of the notes. This discussion only applies to notes that meet both of the following conditions:

 

   

they are held by those initial holders who purchased such notes in this offering at the “issue price,” which will equal the first price to the public (not including bond houses, brokers or similar persons or organizations acting in the capacity of underwriters, placement agents or wholesalers) at which a substantial amount of the notes is sold for money; and

 

   

they are held as capital assets.

This discussion does not describe all of the tax consequences that may be relevant to holders in light of their particular circumstances or to holders subject to special rules, such as:

 

   

financial institutions;

 

   

tax exempt entities;

 

   

insurance companies;

 

   

persons liable for the alternative minimum tax;

 

   

dealers in securities or foreign currencies;

 

   

U.S. Holders (as defined below) whose functional currency is not the U.S. dollar;

 

   

U.S. expatriates;

 

   

persons holding notes as part of a hedge, straddle or other integrated transaction; or

 

   

partnerships or other entities classified as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

If a partnership or other entity classified as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes holds the notes, the tax treatment of a partner will generally depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership. A partner of a partnership holding the notes is urged to consult his or her tax advisor.

This summary is based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended to the date hereof, administrative pronouncements, judicial decisions and final, temporary and proposed Treasury Regulations, changes to any of which subsequent to the date of this prospectus supplement may affect the tax consequences described herein, possibly with retroactive effect. Persons considering the purchase of notes are urged to consult their tax advisors with regard to the application of the U.S. federal tax laws to their particular situations as well as any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or foreign taxing jurisdiction.

Tax Consequences for U.S. Holders

As used herein, the term “U.S. Holder” means a beneficial owner of a note that is, for U.S. federal income tax purposes:

 

   

an individual citizen or resident of the United States;

 

   

a corporation, or other entity taxable as a corporation, created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state therein or the District of Columbia; or

 

   

an estate or trust the income of which is subject to U.S. federal income taxation regardless of its source.

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income tax situation. U.S. Holders are therefore urged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the application of the foreign currency rules to their ownership and disposition of the notes.

Payments of Interest

Interest paid on a note will be taxable to a U.S. Holder as ordinary interest income at the time it accrues or is received in accordance with the holder’s method of accounting for federal income tax purposes.

A U.S. Holder who uses the cash method of accounting and who receives a payment of interest (or who receives proceeds from a sale, exchange or other disposition attributable to accrued interest) in Sterling with respect to a note will be required to include in income the U.S. dollar value of the Sterling payment (determined based on the U.S. dollar/Sterling spot rate on the date the payment is received) regardless of whether the payment is in fact converted to U.S. dollars at that time, and this U.S. dollar value will be the U.S. Holder’s tax basis in the Sterling.

A U.S. Holder who uses the accrual method of accounting will be required to include in income the U.S. dollar value of the amount of interest income that has accrued and is otherwise required to be taken into account with respect to a note during an accrual period. The U.S. dollar value of the accrued income will be determined by translating the income at the average rate of exchange for the accrual period or, with respect to an accrual period that spans two taxable years, at the average rate for the partial period within the relevant taxable year. The U.S. Holder will recognize ordinary income or loss (which will not be treated as interest income or expense) with respect to accrued interest income on the date the interest payment or proceeds from the sale, exchange or other disposition attributable to accrued interest is actually received. The amount of ordinary income or loss recognized will equal the difference between the U.S. dollar value of the Sterling payment received (determined based on the U.S. dollar/Sterling spot rate on the date the payment is received) in respect of the accrual period (or, where a holder receives U.S. dollars, the amount of the payment in respect of the accrual period) and the U.S. dollar value of interest income that has accrued during the accrual period (as determined above). A U.S. Holder may elect to translate interest income for an interest accrual period into U.S. dollars at the spot rate ending on the last day of such interest accrual period (or, in the case of a partial accrual period, the spot rate on the last day of the taxable year) or, if the date of receipt is within five business days of the last day of the interest accrual period, the spot rate on the date of receipt. A U.S. Holder that makes this election must apply it consistently to all debt instruments from year to year and cannot change the election without the consent of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”).

Sale, Exchange or Retirement of the Notes

Upon the sale, exchange or retirement of a note, a U.S. Holder will recognize taxable gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized on the sale, exchange or retirement and the U.S. Holder’s tax basis in the note. For these purposes, the amount realized will be the U.S. dollar value of such amount and will not include any amount attributable to accrued interest, which is treated as interest on the notes, as described above. A U.S. Holder who uses the cash method of accounting will determine the U.S. dollar value of the amount realized in Sterling based on the U.S. dollar/Sterling spot rate on the settlement date of the sale, exchange or retirement. A U.S. Holder who uses the accrual method of accounting may elect the same treatment for all purchases and sales of foreign currency obligations (which cannot be changed without the consent of the IRS). Absent such an election, a U.S. Holder who uses the accrual method of accounting will determine the U.S. dollar value of the amount realized based on the U.S. dollar/Sterling spot rate on the trade date of the sale, exchange or retirement. A U.S. Holder’s tax basis in a note will generally be the U.S. dollar value of the Sterling amount paid for such note determined on the date of the purchase. Any gain or loss realized on the sale, exchange or retirement of a note (except to the extent of gain or loss attributable to changes in the U.S. dollar/Sterling exchange rate) will generally be capital gain or loss, and will be long-term capital gain or loss if at the time of sale, exchange or retirement the note has been held for more than one year. Long-term capital gains recognized by non-corporate U.S. Holders will generally be subject to reduced tax rates. The deductibility of capital losses is

 

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subject to limitations. A U.S. Holder who purchases a note with previously owned Sterling will recognize ordinary income or loss in an amount equal to the difference, if any, between such U.S. holder’s tax basis in the Sterling and the U.S. dollar fair market value of the note on the date of purchase.

Gain or loss realized upon the sale, exchange or retirement of a note that is attributable to fluctuations in the U.S. dollar/Sterling exchange rate will be ordinary income or loss which will not be treated as interest income or expense. Gain or loss attributable to fluctuations in the U.S. dollar/Sterling exchange rate will equal the difference between (i) the U.S. dollar value of the U.S. Holder’s purchase price in Sterling of the note, determined on the date a principal payment is received from the Company or on the trade date (or the settlement date, in the case of a cash method taxpayer or an accrual method taxpayer that has made the election described above) for the sale of the note, and (ii) the U.S. dollar value of the Holder’s purchase price in Sterling of the note, determined on the date the U.S. Holder acquired the note. The foreign currency gain or loss will be recognized only to the extent of the total gain or loss realized by a U.S. Holder on the sale, exchange or retirement of the note. Any gain or loss realized in excess of the foreign currency gain or loss will be capital gain or loss.

If a U.S. Holder recognizes a loss upon a sale or other disposition of a note and such loss is above certain thresholds, then the holder may be required to file a disclosure statement with the IRS. U.S. Holders should consult their tax advisors regarding this reporting obligation.

A U.S. Holder will have a tax basis in any Sterling received on the sale, exchange or retirement of a note equal to the U.S. dollar value of Sterling, determined at the time of receipt.

Dispositions of Sterling

Any gain or loss realized by a U.S. Holder on a sale or other disposition of Sterling (including its exchange for U.S. dollars or its use to purchase notes) will be ordinary income or loss.

Backup Withholding and Information Reporting

Information returns will be filed with the IRS in connection with payments on the notes and the proceeds from a sale or other disposition of the notes. A U.S. Holder will be subject to backup withholding on these payments if the U.S. Holder fails to provide its taxpayer identification number to the paying agent and comply with certain certification procedures or otherwise establish an exemption from backup withholding. The amount of any backup withholding from a payment to a U.S. Holder will be allowed as a credit against the U.S. Holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability and may entitle the U.S. Holder to a refund, provided that the required information is timely furnished to the IRS.

Tax Consequences for Non-U.S. Holders

As used herein, the term “Non-U.S. Holder” means a beneficial owner of a note that is, for U.S. federal income tax purposes:

 

   

an individual who is not a U.S. citizen and who is classified as a nonresident for U.S. federal income tax purposes;

 

   

a foreign corporation; or

 

   

a foreign estate or trust.

“Non-U.S. Holder” does not include a beneficial owner of a note who is a non-resident alien individual present in the United States for 183 days or more in the taxable year of disposition. Such an individual is urged to consult his or her tax advisor regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale, exchange or other disposition of a note.

 

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Payments on a Note

Subject to the discussion below concerning backup withholding, payments of principal and interest on the notes by us or any paying agent to any Non-U.S. Holder will not be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax, provided that, in the case of interest not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States:

 

   

the holder does not own, actually or constructively, 10 percent or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock entitled to vote and is not a controlled foreign corporation related, directly or indirectly, to us through stock ownership; and

 

   

the certification requirement described below has been fulfilled with respect to the beneficial owner, as discussed below.

Interest on a note described above will not be exempt from withholding tax unless the beneficial owner of that note certifies on a properly executed IRS Form W-8BEN, under penalties of perjury, that it is not a U.S. person.

If a Non-U.S. Holder of a note is engaged in a trade or business in the United States, and if interest on the note is effectively connected with the conduct of such trade or business, the Non-U.S. Holder will generally not be subject to the withholding discussed in the preceding paragraphs if a properly executed, applicable Form W-8 (generally an IRS Form W-8ECI) is provided to us. Such a Non-U.S. Holder will, however, generally be taxed on such interest in the same manner as a U.S. person, unless an applicable income tax treaty provides otherwise. These holders are urged to consult their tax advisors with respect to other U.S. tax consequences of the ownership and disposition of notes including the possible imposition of an additional branch profits tax at a rate of 30% (or lower treaty rate).

Sale, Exchange, Redemption or Other Disposition of a Note

Subject to the discussion below concerning backup withholding, a Non-U.S. Holder of a note will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax on gain realized on the sale, exchange, redemption or other disposition of such note, unless the gain is effectively connected with the conduct by the holder of a trade or business in the United States.

If a Non-U.S. Holder of a note is engaged in a trade or business in the United States, and if gain realized by the Non-U.S. Holder on a sale, exchange, redemption or other disposition of a note is effectively connected with the conduct of such trade or business, the Non-U.S. Holder will generally be taxed in the same manner as a U.S. person, subject to an applicable income tax treaty providing otherwise. These holders are urged to consult their tax advisors with respect to other U.S. tax consequences of the ownership and disposition of notes including the possible imposition of an additional branch profits tax.

Backup Withholding and Information Reporting

Information returns will be filed with the IRS in connection with interest payments on the notes. Unless the Non-U.S. Holder complies with certification procedures to establish that it is not a U.S. person, information returns may be filed with the IRS in connection with the proceeds from a sale or other disposition (including a redemption) and the Non-U.S. Holder may be subject to U.S. backup withholding on payments on the notes or on the proceeds from a sale or other disposition of the notes. The certification procedures required to claim the exemption from withholding tax on interest described above will satisfy the certification requirements necessary to avoid backup withholding as well. The amount of any backup withholding from a payment to a Non-U.S. Holder will be allowed as a credit against the Non-U.S. Holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability and may entitle the Non-U.S. Holder to a refund, provided that the required information is timely furnished to the IRS.

 

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UNDERWRITING

We intend to offer the notes through the underwriters named below. Subject to the terms and conditions contained in an underwriting agreement, we have agreed to sell to the underwriters and the underwriters severally have agreed to purchase from us, the principal amount of the notes listed opposite their names below.

 

Underwriter

   Principal Amount
of Notes
 

Barclays Bank PLC

   £                        

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

  

Goldman Sachs International

  

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

  
        

Total

     £                       
        

The underwriters have agreed to purchase all of the notes sold pursuant to the underwriting agreement if any of these notes are purchased. If an underwriter defaults, the underwriting agreement provides that the purchase commitments of the nondefaulting underwriters may be increased or the underwriting agreement may be terminated.

We have agreed to indemnify the underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or to contribute to payments the underwriters may be required to make in respect of those liabilities.

The underwriters are offering the notes, subject to prior sale, when, as and if issued to and accepted by them, subject to approval of legal matters by their counsel, including the validity of the notes, and other conditions contained in the underwriting agreement, such as the receipt by the underwriters of officer’s certificates and legal opinions. The underwriters reserve the right to withdraw, cancel or modify offers to the public and to reject orders in whole or in part.

It is expected that delivery of the notes will be made against payment therefor on or about November     , 2010, which is the fourth business day following the date hereof (such settlement cycle being referred to as “T+4”). Under Rule 15c6-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in three business days unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, purchasers who wish to trade the notes on the date of pricing or the next succeeding business day will be required, by virtue of the fact that the notes initially will settle in T+4, to specify an alternative settlement cycle at the time of any such trade to prevent failed settlement and should consult their own advisors.

Commissions and Discounts

The underwriters have advised us that they propose initially to offer the notes to the public at the public offering price on the cover page of this prospectus supplement. No dealers will participate in the offering of the notes. After the initial public offering, the public offering prices may be changed.

The expenses of the offering, not including the underwriting discount, are estimated to be $425,000 and are payable by us.

New Issue of Notes

The notes are a new issue of securities with no established trading market. We intend to apply to list the notes on the New York Stock Exchange. We expect trading in the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange to begin within 30 days after the original issue date. Currently there is no public market for the Notes. We have

 

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been advised by the underwriters that they presently intend to make a market in the notes after completion of the offering. However, they are under no obligation to do so and may discontinue any market-making activities at any time without any notice. We cannot assure the liquidity of the trading market for the notes or that an active public market for the notes will develop. If an active public trading market for the notes does not develop, the market price and liquidity of the notes may be adversely affected.

Price Stabilization and Short Positions

In connection with the offering, the underwriters are permitted to engage in transactions that stabilize the market price of the notes. These stabilization transactions consist of bids or purchases to peg, fix or maintain the price of the notes. If the underwriters create a short position on the notes in connection with the offering, that is, if they sell more notes than are on the cover page of this prospectus supplement, the underwriters may reduce that short position by purchasing notes in the open market. Purchases of a security to stabilize the price or to reduce a short position could cause the price of the security to be higher than it might be in the absence of such purchases.

In connection with the issue of the notes, the underwriters (in this capacity, the “stabilizing managers”) (or any person acting for them) may over-allot notes or effect transactions with a view to supporting the market price of the notes at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail. However, there is no assurance that the stabilizing managers (or persons acting on behalf of the stabilizing managers) will undertake any stabilization action. Any stabilization action may begin on or after the date on which adequate public disclosure of the final terms of the offer of the notes is made, and, if begun, may be ended at any time, but it must end no later than the earlier of 30 days after the issue of the notes and 60 days after the date of the allotment of the notes.

Any stabilization action commenced will be carried out in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Neither we nor any of the underwriters makes any representation or prediction as to the direction or magnitude of any effect that the transactions described above may have on the price of the notes. In addition, neither we nor any of the underwriters makes any representation that the underwriters will engage in these transactions or that these transactions, once commenced, will not be discontinued without notice.

Other Relationships

The underwriters and their respective affiliates are full service financial institutions engaged in various activities, which may include securities trading, commercial and investment banking, financial advisory, investment management, principal investment, hedging, financing and brokerage activities for which they currently and may in the future receive customary fees and commissions.

In the ordinary course of their various business activities, the underwriters and their respective affiliates may make or hold a broad array of investments and actively trade debt and equity securities (or related derivative securities) and financial instruments (including bank loans) for their own account and for the accounts of their customers and may at any time hold long and short positions in such securities and instruments. Such investment and securities activities may involve securities and instruments of the Issuer, and therefore, the underwriters and/or their respective affiliates may indirectly receive a portion of the net proceeds from this offering.

Selling Restrictions

European Union

Each underwriter has represented, warranted and agreed that in relation to each Member State of the European Economic Area which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a “Relevant Member State”), with effect from and including the date on which the Prospectus Directive is implemented in that Relevant Member State (the “Relevant Implementation Date”), it has not made and will not make an offer of notes which

 

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are the subject of the offering contemplated by this prospectus supplement to the public in that Relevant Member State other than:

(i) to legal entities which are authorized or regulated to operate in the financial markets or, if not so authorized or regulated, whose corporate purpose is solely to invest in securities;

(ii) to any legal entity which has two or more of (1) an average of at least 250 employees during the last financial year; (2) a total balance sheet of more than €43,000,000 and (3) an annual net turnover of more than €50,000,000, as shown in its last annual or consolidated accounts;

(iii) to fewer than 100 natural or legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive) subject to obtaining the prior consent of the representatives for any such offer; or

(iv) in any other circumstances which do not require the publication by the Issuer of a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive;

provided that no such offer of notes shall require the Issuer or any underwriter to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive.

For the purposes of this provision, the expression “an offer of notes to the public” in relation to any notes in any Relevant Member State means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the notes to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the notes, as the same may be varied in that Member State by any means implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Member State, and the expression “Prospectus Directive” means Directive 2003/71/EC and includes any relevant implementing measure in each Relevant Member State.

United Kingdom

Each underwriter has represented, warranted and agreed that it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”) received by it in connection with the issue or sale of the notes in circumstances in which Section 21(1) of FSMA does not apply to the Issuer or the cable guarantors; and it has complied with and will comply with all applicable provisions of FSMA with respect to anything done by it in relation to the notes in, from or otherwise involving the United Kingdom.

Hong Kong

The notes may not be offered or sold by means of any document other than to persons whose ordinary business is to buy or sell shares or debentures, whether as principal or agent, or in circumstances which do not constitute an offer to the public within the meaning of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32) of Hong Kong, and no advertisement, invitation or document relating to the notes may be issued, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, which is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public in Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the securities laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect to notes which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside Hong Kong or only to “professional investors” within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong and any rules made thereunder.

Japan

The notes have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (Law No. 25 of 1948) (as amended) (the “FIEL”), and each of the underwriters and each of its affiliates has represented and agreed that it has not offered or sold, and it will not offer or sell, directly or indirectly, any of the notes in or to residents of Japan or to any persons for reoffering or resale, directly or indirectly in Japan or to any resident of Japan, except pursuant to any exemption from the registration requirements of and otherwise in

 

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compliance with, the FIEL available thereunder and in compliance with the other relevant laws and regulations of Japan.

Singapore

This prospectus supplement has not been registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, this prospectus supplement and any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of the notes may not be circulated or distributed, nor may the notes be offered or sold, or be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than:

(i) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore (the “SFA”);

(ii) to a relevant person, or any person pursuant to Section 257(1A), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA; or

(iii) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.

Whether the notes are subscribed or purchased under Section 275 by a relevant person which is:

(a) a corporation (which is not an accredited investor) the sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals, each of whom is an accredited investor; or

(b) a trust (where the trustee is not an accredited investor) whose sole purpose is to hold investments and each beneficiary is an accredited investor, shares, debentures, and units of shares and debentures of that corporation or the beneficiaries’ rights and interest in that trust shall not be transferable for six months after that corporation or that trust has acquired the notes under Section 275 except: (1) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the SFA or to a relevant person, or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA; (2) where no consideration is given for the transfer; or (3) by operation of law.

LEGAL MATTERS

Various legal matters relating to the offering will be passed upon for us by Arthur R. Block, Esquire, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast Corporation, Thomas R. Nathan, Esquire, Senior Vice President of the cable guarantors, and by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Menlo Park, California. Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York, New York, is representing the underwriters.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements, and the related consolidated financial statement schedule, incorporated in this prospectus by reference from the Company’s 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the effectiveness of Comcast Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports which are incorporated herein by reference (which express an unqualified opinion on the consolidated financial statements and the consolidated financial statement schedule and include an explanatory paragraph referring to the retrospective change in method of accounting for noncontrolling interests, effective January 1, 2009, and the change in method of accounting for split-dollar life insurance agreements on January 1, 2008 and express an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting). Such consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule have been so incorporated in reliance upon the reports of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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PROSPECTUS

LOGO

 

 

The following are types of securities that may be offered and sold from time to time by Comcast Corporation or by selling security holders under this prospectus:

 

•   Unsecured senior debt securities

 

•   Unsecured subordinated debt securities

 

•   Warrants

 

•   Purchase contracts

 

•   Units

  

•   Preferred stock

 

•   Depositary shares

 

•   Class A common stock

 

•   Class A Special common stock

If indicated in the relevant prospectus supplement, the securities may be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by a number of our wholly owned cable subsidiaries named in this prospectus.

Our Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock are quoted on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbols “CMCSA” and “CMCSK.” On April 24, 2009, the reported last sale prices on the Nasdaq Global Select Market for our Class A common stock and our Class A Special common stock were $13.89 and $12.99, respectively.

We will describe in a prospectus supplement, which must accompany this prospectus, the securities we are offering and selling, as well as the specific terms of the securities. Those terms may include:

 

•   Maturity

 

•   Interest rate

 

•   Sinking fund terms

 

•   Currency of payments

  

•   Dividends

 

•   Redemption terms

 

•   Listing on a securities exchange

 

•   Amount payable at maturity

  

•   Conversion or exchange rights

 

•   Liquidation amount

 

•   Subsidiary guarantees

 

 

Investing in these securities involves certain risks. See “Item 1A—Risk Factors” beginning on page 13 of our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, which is incorporated by reference herein.

 

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities regulators have not approved or disapproved of these securities, or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

 

We may offer the securities in amounts, at prices and on terms determined at the time of offering. We may sell the securities directly to you, through agents we select, or through underwriters and dealers we select. If we use agents, underwriters or dealers to sell the securities, we will name them and describe their compensation in a prospectus supplement.

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The Companies

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

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Use of Proceeds

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Dividend Policy

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Ratios of Earnings to Fixed Charges and of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges and Preferred Dividends

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Description of Debt Securities and Cable Guarantees

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Global Securities

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Description of Capital Stock

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Plan of Distribution

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Legal Matters

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Experts

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Available Information

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Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference

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You should rely only on the information contained in or incorporated by reference in this prospectus. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information. We are not making an offer of these securities in any state where the offer is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained in or incorporated by reference in this prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of this prospectus.

We refer to Comcast Corporation in this prospectus as “Comcast” or “we,” “us,” “our” or comparable terms and to Comcast Holdings Corporation as “Comcast Holdings.” We refer to Comcast Cable Communications, LLC as “Comcast Cable,” Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Inc. as “Comcast Cable Communications Holdings,” Comcast MO Group, Inc. as “Comcast MO Group,” Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC as “Comcast Cable Holdings,” Comcast MO of Delaware, LLC as “Comcast MO of Delaware,” and all of them collectively as the “Cable Guarantors.”

 

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THE COMPANIES

Comcast Corporation

We are the nation’s leading provider of cable services, offering a variety of entertainment, information and communications services to residential and commercial customers. As of December 31, 2008, our cable systems served approximately 24.2 million video customers, 14.9 million high-speed Internet customers and 6.5 million phone customers and passed over 50.6 million homes in 39 states and the District of Columbia. We report the results of these operations as our Cable segment, which generates approximately 95% of our consolidated revenue. Our Cable segment also includes the operations of our regional sports networks. Our other reportable segment, Programming, consists primarily of our national programming networks, including E!, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4 and Style. We were incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania in December 2001. Through our predecessors, we have developed, managed and operated cable systems since 1963.

Our other business interests include Comcast Interactive Media and Comcast Spectacor. Comcast Interactive Media develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses focused on entertainment, information and communication, including Comcast.net, Fancast, thePlatform, Fandango, Plaxo and DailyCandy. Comcast Spectacor owns two professional sports teams and two large, multipurpose arenas, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.

For a description of our business, financial condition, results of operations and other important information regarding us, see our filings with the SEC incorporated by reference in this prospectus. For instructions on how to find copies of these and our other filings incorporated by reference in this prospectus, see “Available Information” in this prospectus.

Cable Guarantors

Our obligations, including the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest on the debt securities issued pursuant to this prospectus will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each of Comcast Cable, Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Comcast Cable Holdings, Comcast MO Group and Comcast MO of Delaware. In this prospectus, we refer to these guarantors as the cable guarantors and to these guarantees as the cable guarantees. We have numerous other subsidiaries that will not be guarantors on the debt securities. If indicated in the relevant prospectus supplement, our obligations under the other securities we are offering and selling may be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by specified cable guarantors.

The cable guarantees will not contain any restrictions on the ability of any cable guarantor to:

 

   

pay dividends or distributions on, or redeem, purchase, acquire, or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of that cable guarantor’s capital stock; or

 

   

make any payment of principal, interest or premium, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities of that cable guarantor.

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC

Comcast Cable, which was incorporated in 1981 as a Delaware corporation, became a Delaware limited liability company in 2003 and is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of ours.

Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Inc.

Comcast Cable Communications Holdings is a Delaware corporation (formerly known as AT&T Broadband Corp.) incorporated in 2001 and a wholly owned subsidiary of ours.

 

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Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC

Comcast Cable Holdings is a Delaware limited liability company (formerly known as AT&T Broadband, LLC) formed in 1994. Comcast Cable Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Cable Communications Holdings.

Comcast MO Group, Inc.

Comcast MO Group is a Delaware corporation (formerly known as MediaOne Group, Inc.) incorporated in 1999. Comcast MO Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Cable Communications Holdings.

Comcast MO of Delaware, LLC

Comcast MO of Delaware, which was incorporated in 1996 as a Delaware corporation, became a Delaware limited liability company in 2003. Comcast MO of Delaware is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast MO Group.

 

 

Our principal executive offices are located at One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2838, and our telephone number is (215) 286-1700. We maintain a Web site at http://www.comcast.com where general information about us is available. We are not incorporating the contents of the Web site into this prospectus.

Each cable guarantor’s principal place of business is One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2838.

 

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CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Our businesses may be affected by, among other things, the following:

 

   

all of the services offered by our cable systems face a wide range of competition that could adversely affect our future results of operations;

 

   

we may face increased competition because of technological advances and new regulatory requirements, which could adversely affect our future results of operations;

 

   

programming expenses are increasing, which could adversely affect our future results of operations;

 

   

we are subject to regulation by federal, state and local governments, which may impose additional costs and restrictions;

 

   

weakening economic conditions may have a negative impact on our results of operations and financial condition;

 

   

we rely on network and information systems and other technology, and a disruption or failure of such networks, systems or technology may disrupt our business;

 

   

we may be unable to obtain necessary hardware, software and operational support;

 

   

our business depends on certain intellectual property rights and on not infringing the intellectual property rights of others;

 

   

we face risks arising from the outcome of various litigation matters;

 

   

acquisitions and other strategic transactions present many risks, and we may not realize the financial and strategic goals that were contemplated at the time of any transaction; and

 

   

our Class B common stock has substantial voting rights and separate approval rights over several potentially material transactions, and our Chairman and CEO has considerable influence over our operations through his beneficial ownership of our Class B common stock.

In this prospectus and in the documents we incorporate by reference, we state our beliefs of future events and of our future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify these so-called “forward-looking statements” by words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” or “continue,” or the negative of these words, and other comparable words. You should be aware that those statements are only our predictions. In evaluating those statements, you should specifically consider various factors, including the risks and uncertainties listed in “Item 1A—Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 incorporated herein by reference. Actual events or our actual results may differ materially from any of our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

USE OF PROCEEDS

We intend to use the net proceeds from the sale of the securities for working capital and general corporate purposes. We may also invest the proceeds in certificates of deposit, United States government securities or certain other interest-bearing securities. If we decide to use the net proceeds from a particular offering of securities for a specific purpose, we will describe that in the related prospectus supplement.

DIVIDEND POLICY

We intend to pay quarterly dividends at an annual rate currently of $0.27 per share. Our Board of Directors retains the right to change our dividend policy at any time.

 

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RATIOS OF EARNINGS TO FIXED CHARGES AND OF EARNINGS TO COMBINED FIXED CHARGES AND PREFERRED DIVIDENDS

Our ratio of earnings to fixed charges and our ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and preferred dividends were as follows for the respective periods indicated:

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

 

2004

Ratio of earnings to fixed charges:

2.59x

  2.85x   2.72x(1)   1.92x(1)   1.94x(1)

Ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and preferred dividends:

2.59x

  2.84x   2.72x(1)   1.92x(1)   1.94x(1)

 

(1) In July 2006, in connection with certain transactions with Adelphia and Time Warner, we transferred our previously owned cable systems located in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Dallas to Time Warner Cable. These cable systems are presented as discontinued operations for the years ended on or before December 31, 2006. Accordingly, we have adjusted the ratio of earnings to fixed charges and the ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and preferred dividends to reflect the impact of discontinued operations. Prior to this adjustment, the ratio of earnings to fixed charges for the years ended December 31, 2005 and 2004 was 2.01x and 1.97x, respectively, and the ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and preferred dividends for the years ended December 31, 2005 and 2004 was 2.01x and 1.97x, respectively.

For purposes of calculating the ratio of earnings to fixed charges, earnings is the amount resulting from (1) adding (a) pretax income from continuing operations before adjustment for noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries or income or loss from equity investees, (b) fixed charges, (c) amortization of capitalized interest, (d) distributed income of equity investees and (e) our share of pretax losses of equity investees for which charges arising from guarantees are included in fixed charges and (2) subtracting (i) interest capitalized, (ii) preference security dividend requirements of consolidated subsidiaries and (iii) the noncontrolling interest in pretax income of subsidiaries that have not incurred fixed charges. Fixed charges is the sum of (w) interest expensed and capitalized, (x) amortized premiums, discounts and capitalized expenses related to indebtedness, (y) an estimate of the interest within rental expense and (z) preference security dividend requirements of our consolidated subsidiaries. Preferred security dividend is the amount of pretax earnings that is required to pay the dividends on outstanding preference securities. Interest associated with our uncertain tax positions is a component of income tax expense.

For purposes of calculating the ratio of earnings to combined fixed charges and preferred dividends, earnings is the amount resulting from (1) adding (a) pretax income from continuing operations before adjustment for noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries or income or loss from equity investees, (b) fixed charges, (c) amortization of capitalized interest, (d) distributed income of equity investees and (e) our share of pretax losses of equity investees for which charges arising from guarantees are included in fixed charges and (2) subtracting (i) interest capitalized, (ii) preference security dividend requirements of consolidated subsidiaries and (iii) the noncontrolling interest in pretax income of subsidiaries that have not incurred fixed charges. Fixed charges is the sum of (w) interest expensed and capitalized, (x) amortized premiums, discounts and capitalized expenses related to indebtedness, (y) an estimate of the interest within rental expense and (z) preference security dividend requirements of our consolidated subsidiaries. Preferred security dividend is the amount of pretax earnings that is required to pay the dividends on outstanding preference securities. Interest associated with our uncertain tax positions is a component of income tax expense.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES AND CABLE GUARANTEES

Our debt securities, consisting of notes, debentures or other evidences of indebtedness, may be issued from time to time in one or more series:

 

   

in the case of senior debt securities, under a senior indenture dated January 7, 2003, as amended by a supplemental indenture dated March 25, 2003, entered into among us, the cable guarantors and The Bank of New York Mellon, formerly known as The Bank of New York, as trustee; and

 

   

in the case of subordinated debt securities, under a subordinated indenture to be entered into among us, the cable guarantors and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee.

The senior indenture and supplemental indenture are included, and the subordinated indenture will be substantially in the form included, as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part.

Because the following is only a summary of the indentures and the debt securities, it does not contain all information that you may find useful. For further information about the indentures and the debt securities, you should read the indentures. As used in this section of the prospectus and under the caption “Description of Capital Stock,” the terms “we,” “us” and “our” refer solely to Comcast Corporation and such references do not include any subsidiaries of Comcast Corporation.

General

The senior debt securities will constitute our unsecured and unsubordinated obligations and the subordinated debt securities will constitute our unsecured and subordinated obligations. A detailed description of the subordination provisions is provided below under the caption “—Certain Terms of the Subordinated Debt Securities—Subordination.” In general, however, if we declare bankruptcy, holders of the senior debt securities will be paid in full before the holders of subordinated debt securities will receive anything. The debt securities will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the cable guarantors, as described below. The debt securities will not be guaranteed by any of our other subsidiaries.

We are a holding company and conduct all of our operations through subsidiaries. Consequently, our ability to pay our obligations, including our obligation to pay interest on the debt securities, to repay the principal amount of the debt securities at maturity or upon redemption or to buy back the debt securities will depend upon our subsidiaries’ earnings and their distribution of those earnings to us and upon our subsidiaries repaying investments and advances we have made to them. Our subsidiaries are separate and distinct legal entities and, except for the cable guarantors with respect to the cable guarantees, have no obligation, contingent or otherwise, to pay any amounts due on the debt securities or to make funds available to us to do so. Our subsidiaries’ ability to pay dividends or make other payments or advances to us will depend upon their operating results and will be subject to applicable laws and contractual restrictions. Our indentures will not limit our subsidiaries’ ability to enter into other agreements that prohibit or restrict dividends or other payments or advances to us.

You should look in the applicable prospectus supplement for the following terms of the debt securities being offered:

 

   

the designation of the debt securities;

 

   

the aggregate principal amount of the debt securities;

 

   

the percentage of their principal amount (i.e., price) at which the debt securities will be issued;

 

   

the date or dates on which the debt securities will mature and the right, if any, to extend such date or dates;

 

   

the rate or rates, if any, per year, at which the debt securities will bear interest, or the method of determining such rate or rates;

 

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the date or dates from which such interest will accrue, the interest payment dates on which such interest will be payable or the manner of determination of such interest payment dates and the record dates for the determination of holders to whom interest is payable on any interest payment dates;

 

   

the right, if any, to extend the interest payment periods and the duration of that extension;

 

   

provisions for a sinking fund purchase or other analogous fund, if any;

 

   

the period or periods, if any, within which, the price or prices of which, and the terms and conditions upon which the debt securities may be redeemed, in whole or in part, at our option or at your option;

 

   

the form of the debt securities;

 

   

any provisions for payment of additional amounts for taxes and any provision for redemption, if we must pay such additional amounts in respect of any debt security;

 

   

the terms and conditions, if any, upon which we may have to repay the debt securities early at your option and the price or prices in the currency or currency unit in which the debt securities are payable;

 

   

the currency, currencies or currency units for which you may purchase the debt securities and the currency, currencies or currency units in which principal and interest, if any, on the debt securities may be payable;

 

   

the terms and conditions, if any, pursuant to which the debt securities may be converted or exchanged for the cash value of other securities issued by us or by a third party;

 

   

the right, if any, to “reopen” a series of the debt securities and issue additional debt securities of such series; and

 

   

any other terms of the debt securities, including any additional events of default or covenants provided for with respect to the debt securities, and any terms which may be required by or advisable under applicable laws or regulations.

You may present debt securities for exchange and for transfer in the manner, at the places and subject to the restrictions set forth in the debt securities and the prospectus supplement. We will provide you those services without charge, although you may have to pay any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with any exchange or transfer, as set forth in the indenture.

Debt securities will bear interest at a fixed rate or a floating rate. Debt securities bearing no interest or interest at a rate that at the time of issuance is below the prevailing market rate may be sold at a discount below their stated principal amount. Special United States federal income tax considerations applicable to any such discounted debt securities or to certain debt securities issued at par which are treated as having been issued at a discount for United States federal income tax purposes will be described in the relevant prospectus supplement.

We may issue debt securities with the principal amount payable on any principal payment date, or the amount of interest payable on any interest payment date, to be determined by reference to one or more currency exchange rates, securities or baskets of securities, commodity prices or indices. You may receive a payment of principal on any principal payment date, or a payment of interest on any interest payment date, that is greater than or less than the amount of principal or interest otherwise payable on such dates, depending upon the value on such dates of the applicable currency, security or basket of securities, commodity or index. Information as to the methods for determining the amount of principal or interest payable on any date, the currencies, securities or baskets of securities, commodities or indices to which the amount payable on such date is linked and certain additional tax considerations will be set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

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Certain Terms of the Senior Debt Securities

Cable Guarantees

Our obligations under the senior debt securities, including the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest, will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each of the cable guarantors. The cable guarantees will rank equally with all other general unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the cable guarantors.

The cable guarantees will not contain any restrictions on the ability of any cable guarantor to:

 

   

pay dividends or distributions on, or redeem, purchase, acquire, or make a liquidation payment with respect to, any of that cable guarantor’s capital stock or

 

   

make any payment of principal, interest or premium, if any, on or repay, repurchase or redeem any debt securities of that cable guarantor.

Certain Covenants

We and the cable guarantors have agreed to some restrictions on our activities for the benefit of holders of all series of senior debt securities issued under the senior indenture. The restrictive covenants summarized below will apply, unless the covenants are waived or amended, so long as any of the senior debt securities are outstanding.

The senior indenture does not contain any financial covenants other than those summarized below and does not restrict us or our subsidiaries from paying dividends or incurring additional debt. In addition, the senior indenture will not protect holders of notes issued under it in the event of a highly leveraged transaction or a change in control.

Limitation on Liens Securing Indebtedness. Neither we nor any cable guarantor shall create, incur or assume any Lien (other than any Permitted Lien) on such person’s assets, including the Capital Stock of such person’s wholly owned subsidiaries, to secure the payment of our Indebtedness or that of any cable guarantor, unless we secure the outstanding senior debt securities equally and ratably with (or prior to) all Indebtedness secured by such Lien, so long as such Indebtedness shall be so secured.

Limitation on Sale and Leaseback Transactions. Neither we nor any cable guarantor shall enter into any Sale and Leaseback Transaction involving any of such person’s assets, including the Capital Stock of such person’s wholly owned subsidiaries.

The restriction in the foregoing paragraph shall not apply to any Sale and Leaseback Transaction if:

 

   

the lease is for a period not in excess of three years, including renewal of rights;

 

   

the lease secures or relates to industrial revenue or similar financing;

 

   

the transaction is solely between us and a cable guarantor or between or among cable guarantors; or

 

   

we or the applicable cable guarantor, within 270 days after the sale is completed, applies an amount equal to or greater than (a) the net proceeds of the sale of the assets or part thereof leased or (b) the fair market value of the assets or part thereof leased (as determined in good faith by our Board of Directors) either to:

 

   

the retirement (or open market purchase) of senior debt securities, our other long-term Indebtedness ranking on a parity with or senior to the senior debt securities or long-term Indebtedness of a cable guarantor; or

 

   

the purchase by us or any cable guarantor of other property, plant or equipment related to our business or the business of any cable guarantor having a value at least equal to the value of the assets or part thereof leased.

 

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This provision and the provision described under “—Limitation on Liens Securing Indebtedness” do not apply to any of our subsidiaries other than the cable guarantors.

Capitalized Lease” means, as applied to any person, any lease of any property (whether real, personal, or mixed) of which the discounted present value of the rental obligations of such person as lessee, in conformity with GAAP, is required to be capitalized on the balance sheet of such person; and “Capitalized Lease Obligation” is defined to mean the rental obligations, as aforesaid, under such lease.

Capital Stock” means, with respect to any person, any and all shares, interests, participations, or other equivalents (however designated, whether voting or nonvoting) of such person’s capital stock or other ownership interests, whether outstanding as of, or issued after, the date of the senior indenture, including, without limitation, all common stock and preferred stock.

Currency Agreement” means any foreign exchange contract, currency swap agreement, or other similar agreement or arrangement designed to protect against the fluctuation in currency values.

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America as in effect as of the date of determination, including, without limitation, those set forth in the opinions and pronouncements of the Accounting Principles Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and statements and pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board or in such other statements by such other entity as approved by a significant segment of the accounting profession. All ratios and computations contained in the senior indenture shall be computed in conformity with GAAP applied on a consistent basis.

Guarantee” means any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of any person directly or indirectly guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other obligation of any other person and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any obligation, direct or indirect, contingent or otherwise, of such person:

 

   

to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation of such other person (whether arising by virtue of partnership arrangements, or by agreement to keep-well, to purchase assets, goods, securities, or services, to take-or-pay, or to maintain financial statement conditions or otherwise); or

 

   

entered into for purposes of assuring in any other manner the obligee of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part);

provided that the term “Guarantee” shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business. The term “Guarantee” used as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

Indebtedness” means, with respect to any person at any date of determination (without duplication):

 

   

all indebtedness of such person for borrowed money;

 

   

all obligations of such person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, or other similar instruments;

 

   

all obligations of such person in respect of letters of credit or other similar instruments (including reimbursement obligations with respect thereto);

 

   

all obligations of such person to pay the deferred and unpaid purchase price of property or services (but excluding trade accounts payable or accrued liabilities arising in the ordinary course of business);

 

   

all obligations of such person as lessee under Capitalized Leases;

 

   

all Indebtedness of other persons secured by a Lien on any asset of such person, whether or not such Indebtedness is assumed by such person; provided that the amount of such Indebtedness shall be the lesser of:

 

   

the fair market value of such asset at such date of determination; and

 

   

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all Indebtedness of other persons to the extent Guaranteed by such person; and

 

   

to the extent not otherwise included in this definition, obligations under Currency Agreements and Interest Rate Agreements.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event will the term “Indebtedness” be deemed to include letters of credit or bonds that secure performance or surety bonds or similar instruments that are issued in the ordinary course of business.

The amount of Indebtedness of any person at any date shall be the outstanding balance at such date of all unconditional obligations as described above and, with respect to contingent obligations, the maximum liability upon the occurrence of the contingency giving rise to the obligation; provided:

 

   

that the amount outstanding at any time of any Indebtedness issued with original issue discount is the face amount of such Indebtedness less the remaining unamortized portion of the original issue discount of such Indebtedness at such time as determined in conformity with GAAP; and

 

   

that Indebtedness shall not include any liability for federal, state, local, or other taxes.

Interest Rate Agreements” means any obligations of any person pursuant to any interest rate swaps, caps, collars, and similar arrangements providing protection against fluctuations in interest rates. For purposes of the senior indenture, the amount of such obligations shall be the amount determined in respect thereof as of the end of the then most recently ended fiscal quarter of such person, based on the assumption that such obligation had terminated at the end of such fiscal quarter, and in making such determination, if any agreement relating to such obligation provides for the netting of amounts payable by and to such person thereunder or if any such agreement provides for the simultaneous payment of amounts by and to such person, then in each such case, the amount of such obligations shall be the net amount so determined, plus any premium due upon default by such person.

Lien” means, with respect to any asset, any mortgage, lien, pledge, charge, security interest or encumbrance of any kind, or any other type of preferential arrangement that has the practical effect of creating a security interest, in respect of such asset. For the purposes of the senior indenture, we or any cable guarantor shall be deemed to own subject to a Lien any asset acquired or held subject to the interest of a vendor or lessor under any conditional sale agreement, capital lease or other title retention agreement relating to such asset.

Permitted Liens” means:

 

   

any Lien on any asset incurred prior to the date of the senior indenture;

 

   

any Lien on any assets acquired after the date of the senior indenture (including by way of merger or consolidation) by us or any cable guarantor, which Lien is created, incurred or assumed contemporaneously with such acquisition, or within 270 days thereafter, to secure or provide for the payment or financing of any part of the purchase price thereof, or any Lien upon any assets acquired after the date of the senior indenture existing at the time of such acquisition (whether or not assumed by us or any cable guarantor), provided that any such Lien shall attach only to the assets so acquired;

 

   

any Lien on any assets in favor of us or any cable guarantor;

 

   

any Lien on assets incurred in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt governmental obligations (including, without limitation, industrial revenue bonds and similar financing);

 

   

any Lien granted by any cable guarantor on assets to the extent limitations on the incurrence of such Liens are prohibited by any agreement to which such cable guarantor is subject as of the date of the senior indenture; and

 

   

any renewal of or substitution for any Lien permitted by any of the preceding bullet points, including any Lien securing reborrowing of amounts previously secured within 270 days of the repayment thereof, provided that no such renewal or substitution shall extend to any assets other than the assets covered by the Lien being renewed or substituted.

 

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Sale and Leaseback Transaction” means any direct or indirect arrangement with any person or to which any such person is a party, providing for the leasing to us or a cable guarantor of any property, whether owned by us or such cable guarantor at the date of the original issuance of the debt securities or later acquired, which has been or is to be sold or transferred by us or such cable guarantor to such person or to any other person by whom funds have been or are to be advanced on the security of such property.

Financial Information. We will file, whether or not required to do so under applicable law, with the trustee, within 15 days after being required to file the same under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (hereinafter, the “Exchange Act”), copies of the annual reports and the information, documents and other reports to be filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act. We intend to file all such reports, information and documents with the SEC, whether or not required by Section 13 or 15(d), and will send copies to the trustee within such 15-day period.

Consolidation, Merger and Sale of Assets. The senior indenture restricts our ability to consolidate with, merge with or into, or sell, convey, transfer, lease, or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our property and assets to any person (other than a consolidation with or merger with or into or a sale, conveyance, transfer, lease or other disposition to a wholly owned subsidiary with a positive net worth; provided that, in connection with any merger of us and a wholly owned subsidiary, no consideration other than common stock in the surviving person shall be issued or distributed to our stockholders) unless:

 

   

we are the continuing person or the person formed by such consolidation or into which we are merged or that acquired all or substantially all of our assets shall be a corporation or limited liability company organized and validly existing under the laws of the United States of America or any jurisdiction thereof and shall expressly assume, by a supplemental indenture, executed and delivered to the trustee, all of our obligations on all of the senior debt securities and under the senior indenture;

 

   

immediately after giving effect to such transaction, no default or event of default shall have occurred and be continuing; and

 

   

we deliver to the trustee an officers’ certificate and opinion of counsel, in each case stating that such consolidation, merger, or transfer and such supplemental indenture complies with this provision and that all conditions precedent provided for in the senior indenture and notes relating to such transaction have been complied with;

provided, however, that the foregoing limitations will not apply if, in the good faith determination of our Board of Directors set forth in a board resolution, the principal purpose of such transaction is to change our state of incorporation; and provided further that any such transaction shall not have as one of its purposes the evasion of the foregoing limitations.

Upon any express assumption of our obligations as described above, we will be released and discharged from all obligations and covenants under the senior indenture and all the senior debt securities.

The senior indenture and the cable guarantees do not limit the ability of any cable guarantor to consolidate with or merge into or sell all or substantially all its assets. Upon the sale or disposition of any cable guarantor (whether by merger, consolidation, the sale of its capital stock or the sale of all or substantially all of its assets) to any person, that cable guarantor will be deemed released from all its obligations under the senior indenture and its cable guarantee.

Events of Default

For purposes of this section, the term “Obligor” shall mean each of us, Comcast Cable, Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Comcast Cable Holdings, Comcast MO Group and Comcast MO of Delaware, in each case excluding such entity’s subsidiaries.

 

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An event of default for a series of senior debt securities is defined under the senior indenture as being:

(1) a default by any Obligor in the payment of principal or premium, if any, on the senior debt securities of such series when the same becomes due and payable, whether at maturity, upon redemption, by declaration or otherwise;

(2) a default by any Obligor in the payment of interest on the senior debt securities of such series when the same becomes due and payable, if that default continues for a period of 30 days;

(3) default by any Obligor in the performance of or breach by any Obligor of any of its other covenants or agreements in the senior indenture applicable to the senior debt securities of such series and that default or breach continues for a period of 30 consecutive days after written notice is received from the trustee or from the holders of 25% or more in aggregate principal amount of the senior debt securities of all affected series;

(4) any cable guarantee is not (or is claimed by any cable guarantor not to be) in full force and effect;

(5) a court having jurisdiction enters a decree or order for:

 

   

relief in respect of any Obligor in an involuntary case under any applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, or other similar law now or hereafter in effect;

 

   

the appointment of a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator or similar official of any Obligor for any substantial part of such party’s property and assets; or

 

   

the winding up or liquidation of any Obligor’s affairs and such decree or order shall remain unstayed and in effect for a period of 180 consecutive days; or

(6) any Obligor:

 

   

commences a voluntary case under any applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or consents to the entry of an order for relief in an involuntary case under any such law;

 

   

consents to the appointment of or taking possession by a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator, or similar official of such party or for any substantial part of such party’s property; or

 

   

effects any general assignment for the benefit of creditors.

A default under any Obligor’s other indebtedness is not a default under the senior indenture.

If an event of default other than an event of default specified in clauses (5) and (6) above occurs with respect to an issue of senior debt securities and is continuing under the senior indenture, then, and in each and every such case, either the trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate principal amount of such senior debt securities then outstanding under the senior indenture by written notice to us (and to the trustee, if such notice is given by the holders), may declare the principal amount of and accrued interest, if any, on such senior debt securities to be immediately due and payable and upon any such declaration, the same shall become immediately due and payable. The amount due upon acceleration shall include only the original issue price of the senior debt securities and accrued interest to the date of acceleration, if any.

If an event of default specified in clauses (5) and (6) above occurs with respect to any Obligor, the principal amount of and accrued interest, if any, on each issue of senior debt securities then outstanding shall be and become immediately due and payable without any notice or other action on the part of the trustee or any holder. Upon certain conditions declarations of acceleration may be rescinded and annulled and past defaults may be waived by the holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount of an issue of senior debt securities that has been accelerated. Furthermore, subject to various provisions in the senior indenture, the holders of at least a

 

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majority in aggregate principal amount of an issue of senior debt securities by notice to the trustee may waive an existing default or event of default with respect to such senior debt securities and its consequences, except a default in the payment of principal of or interest on such senior debt securities or in respect of a covenant or provision of the senior indenture which cannot be modified or amended without the consent of the holders of each such senior debt security. Upon any such waiver, such default shall cease to exist, and any event of default with respect to such senior debt securities shall be deemed to have been cured, for every purpose of the senior indenture; but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other default or event of default or impair any right consequent thereto. For information as to the waiver of defaults, see “—Modification and Waiver.”

The holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of an issue of senior debt securities may direct the time, method, and place of conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the trustee or exercising any trust or power conferred on the trustee with respect to such senior debt securities. However, the trustee may refuse to follow any direction that conflicts with law or the senior indenture, that may involve the trustee in personal liability, or that the trustee determines in good faith would be unduly prejudicial to the rights of holders of such issue of senior debt securities not joining in the giving of such direction and may take any other action it deems proper that is not inconsistent with any such direction received from holders of such issue of senior debt securities. A holder may not pursue any remedy with respect to the senior indenture or any series of senior debt securities unless:

 

   

the holder gives the trustee written notice of a continuing event of default;

 

   

the holders of at least 25% in aggregate principal amount of such series of senior debt securities make a written request to the trustee to pursue the remedy in respect of such event of default;

 

   

the requesting holder or holders offer the trustee indemnity satisfactory to the trustee against any costs, liability, or expense; and

 

   

the trustee does not comply with the request within 60 days after receipt of the request and the offer of indemnity.

These limitations, however, do not apply to the right of any holder of a senior debt security to receive payment of the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on such senior debt security, or to bring suit for the enforcement of any such payment, on or after the due date for the senior debt securities, which right shall not be impaired or affected without the consent of the holder. The senior indenture requires certain of our officers to certify, on or before a date not more than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year, as to their knowledge of our compliance with all conditions and covenants under the senior indenture, such compliance to be determined without regard to any period of grace or requirement of notice provided under the senior indenture.

Discharge and Defeasance

The senior indenture provides that, except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, we may discharge our obligations with respect to an issue of senior debt securities and the senior indenture with respect to that series of senior debt securities if:

 

   

the senior debt securities of the affected series previously authenticated and delivered with certain exceptions, have been delivered to the trustee for cancellation and we have paid all sums payable under the senior indenture; or

 

   

the senior debt securities of the affected series mature within one year or all of them are to be called for redemption within one year under arrangements satisfactory to the trustee for giving the notice of redemption and:

 

   

we irrevocably deposit in trust with the trustee, as trust funds solely for the benefit of the holders of the senior debt securities of the affected series, for that purpose, money or U.S. government obligations or a combination thereof sufficient (unless such funds consist solely of money, in the

 

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opinion of a nationally recognized firm of independent public accountants expressed in a written certification thereof delivered to the trustee), without consideration of any reinvestment and after payment of all federal, state and local taxes or other charges and assessments in respect thereof payable by the trustee, to pay principal of and interest on the senior debt securities of the affected series to maturity or redemption, as the case may be, and to pay all other sums payable by it under the senior indenture; and

 

   

we deliver to the trustee an officers’ certificate and an opinion of counsel, in each case stating that all conditions precedent provided for in the senior indenture relating to the satisfaction and discharge of the senior indenture with respect to the senior debt securities of the affected series have been complied with.

With respect to all senior debt securities which have been delivered to the trustee for cancellation and for which have been paid all sums payable by us under the senior indenture, only our obligations to compensate and indemnify the trustee and our right to recover excess money held by the trustee under the senior indenture shall survive. With respect to senior debt securities which mature within one year or are to be called for redemption within one year under redemption arrangements satisfactory to the trustee, only our obligations with respect to the issue of defeased senior debt securities, to execute and deliver such senior debt securities for authentication, to set the terms of such senior debt securities, to maintain an office or agency in respect of such senior debt securities, to have moneys held for payment in trust, to register the transfer or exchange of such senior debt securities, to deliver such senior debt securities for replacement or cancellation, to compensate and indemnify the trustee and to appoint a successor trustee, and our right to recover excess money held by the trustee shall survive until such senior debt securities are no longer outstanding. Thereafter, only our obligations to compensate and indemnify the trustee, and our right to recover excess money held by the trustee shall survive.

The senior indenture also provides that, except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, we:

 

   

will be deemed to have paid and will be discharged from any and all obligations in respect of a series of senior debt securities, and the provisions of the senior indenture and the cable guarantees will no longer be in effect with respect to those senior debt securities (“legal defeasance”); and

 

   

may omit to comply with any term, provision or condition of the senior indenture described above under “—Certain Covenants” and such omission shall be deemed not to be an event of default under the third clause of the first paragraph of “—Events of Default” with respect to that series of senior debt securities (“covenant defeasance”);

provided that the following conditions shall have been satisfied:

 

   

we have irrevocably deposited in trust with the trustee as trust funds solely for the benefit of the holders of the senior debt securities of such series, for payment of the principal of and interest on the senior debt securities of such series, money or U.S. government obligations or a combination thereof sufficient (unless such funds consist solely of money, in the opinion of a nationally recognized form of independent public accountants expressed in a written certification thereof delivered to the trustee) without consideration of any reinvestment and after payment of all federal, state and local taxes or other charges and assessments in respect thereof payable by the trustee, to pay and discharge the principal of and accrued interest on the senior debt securities of such series to maturity or earlier redemption (irrevocably provided for under arrangements satisfactory to the trustee), as the case may be;

 

   

such deposit will not result in a breach or violation of, or constitute a default under, the senior indenture, the cable guarantees or any other material agreement or instrument to which we are a party or by which we are bound;

 

   

no default or event of default with respect to the senior debt securities of such series shall have occurred and be continuing on the date of such deposit;

 

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we shall have delivered to the trustee:

 

   

either an opinion of counsel that the holders of the senior debt securities of such series will not recognize income, gain or loss for federal income tax purposes as a result of our exercising our option under this provision of the senior indenture and will be subject to federal income tax on the same amount and in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if such deposit and defeasance had not occurred (which opinion, in the case of a legal defeasance, shall be based upon a change in law) or a ruling directed to the trustee received from the Internal Revenue Service to the same effect; and

 

   

an opinion of counsel that the holders of the senior debt securities of such series have a valid security interest in the trust funds subject to no prior liens under the Uniform Commercial Code; and

 

   

we have delivered to the trustee an officers’ certificate and an opinion of counsel, in each case stating that all conditions precedent provided for in the senior indenture relating to the defeasance contemplated of the senior debt securities of such series have been complied with.

Subsequent to legal defeasance under the first bullet point above, our obligations with respect to the issue of defeased senior debt securities to execute and deliver such senior debt securities for authentication, to set the terms of such senior debt securities, to maintain an office or agency in respect of such senior debt securities, to have moneys held for payment in trust, to register the transfer or exchange of such senior debt securities, to deliver such senior debt securities for replacement or cancellation, to compensate and indemnify the trustee and to appoint a successor trustee, and our right to recover excess money held by the trustee shall survive until such senior debt securities are no longer outstanding. After such senior debt securities are no longer outstanding, in the case of legal defeasance under the first bullet point above, only our obligations to compensate and indemnify the trustee and our right to recover excess money held by the trustee shall survive.

Modification and Waiver

We and the trustee may amend or supplement the senior indenture or the senior debt securities without notice to or the consent of any holder:

 

   

to cure any ambiguity, defect, or inconsistency in the senior indenture; or to make such other provisions in regard to matters or questions arising under the senior indenture as our Board of Directors may deem necessary or desirable and which shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders in any material respect;

 

   

to comply with the provisions described under “—Certain Covenants—Consolidation, Merger and Sale of Assets;”

 

   

to comply with any requirements of the SEC in connection with the qualification of the senior indenture under the Trust Indenture Act;

 

   

to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment by a successor trustee;

 

   

to establish the form or forms or terms of the senior debt securities as permitted by the senior indenture;

 

   

to provide for uncertificated notes and to make all appropriate changes for such purpose;

 

   

to make any change that does not adversely affect the rights of any holder;

 

   

to add to its covenants such new covenants, restrictions, conditions or provisions for the protection of the holders, and to make the occurrence, or the occurrence and continuance, of a default in any such additional covenants, restrictions, conditions or provisions an event of default; or

 

   

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Subject to certain conditions, without prior notice to any holder of senior debt securities, modifications and amendments of the senior indenture may be made by us and the trustee with respect to any series of senior debt securities with the written consent of the holders of a majority in principal amount of the affected series of senior debt securities, and our compliance with any provision of the senior indenture with respect to any series of senior debt securities may be waived by written notice to the trustee by the holders of a majority in principal amount of the affected series of senior debt securities outstanding; provided, however, that each affected holder must consent to any modification, amendment or waiver that:

 

   

changes the stated maturity of the principal of, or any sinking fund obligation or any installment of interest on, the senior debt securities of the affected series;

 

   

reduces the principal amount of, or premium, if any, or interest on, the senior debt securities of the affected series;

 

   

changes the place or currency of payment of principal of, or premium, if any, or interest on, the senior debt securities of the affected series;

 

   

changes the provisions for calculating the optional redemption price, including the definitions relating thereto;

 

   

changes the provisions relating to the waiver of past defaults or changes or impairs the right of holders to receive payment or to institute suit for the enforcement of any payment of the senior debt securities of the affected series on or after the due date therefor;

 

   

reduces the above-stated percentage of outstanding senior debt securities of the affected series the consent of whose holders is necessary to modify or amend or to waive certain provisions of or defaults under the senior indenture;

 

   

alters or impairs the right of holders to convert the senior debt securities of the affected series at the rate and upon the terms provided in the senior indenture;

 

   

waives a default in the payment of principal of, premium, if any, or interest on the senior debt securities;

 

   

adversely affects the rights of such holder under any mandatory redemption or repurchase provision or any right of redemption or repurchase that such holder has;

 

   

modifies any of the provisions of this paragraph, except to increase any required percentage or to provide that certain other provisions cannot be modified or waived without the consent of the holder of each senior debt security of the series affected by the modification; or

 

   

changes or waives any provision in the senior indenture that, pursuant to a board resolution or supplemental indenture establishing the terms of one or more series of senior debt securities, is prohibited from being so changed or waived.

It is not necessary for the consent of the holders under the senior indenture to approve the particular form of any note amendment, supplement or waiver, but it shall be sufficient if such consent approves the substance thereof.

After an amendment, supplement or waiver that requires the consent of a majority or all of the affected holders under the senior indenture becomes effective, notice must be given to the holders affected thereby briefly describing the amendment, supplement, or waiver. Supplemental indentures will be mailed to holders upon request. Any failure to mail such notice, or any defect therein, shall not, however, in any way impair or affect the validity of any such supplemental indenture or waiver.

 

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No Personal Liability of Incorporators, Stockholders, Officers, Directors, or Employees

The senior indenture provides that no recourse shall be had under or upon any obligation, covenant, or agreement of ours or the cable guarantors in the senior indenture or any supplemental indenture, or in any of the senior debt securities or because of the creation of any indebtedness represented thereby, against any incorporator, stockholder, officer, director, employee of ours or any cable guarantor or of any successor person thereof under any law, statute or constitutional provision or by the enforcement of any assessment or by any legal or equitable proceeding or otherwise. Each holder, by accepting the senior debt securities, waives and releases all such liability.

Concerning the Trustee

The senior indenture provides that, except during the continuance of a default, the trustee will not be liable, except for the performance of such duties as are specifically set forth in the senior indenture. If an event of default has occurred and is continuing, the trustee will exercise such rights and powers vested in it under the senior indenture and will use the same degree of care and skill in its exercise as a prudent person would exercise under the circumstances in the conduct of such person’s own affairs.

Governing Law

The senior indenture and the debt securities will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York.

The Trustees

We may have normal banking relationships with the trustee under the senior indenture in the ordinary course of business.

Gerald L. Hassell, one of our directors, is President and a director of the trustee.

Certain Terms of the Subordinated Debt Securities

Other than the terms of the subordinated indenture and subordinated debt securities relating to subordination, or otherwise as described in the prospectus supplement relating to a particular series of subordinated debt securities, the terms of the subordinated indenture and subordinated debt securities are identical in all material respects to the terms of the senior indenture and senior debt securities.

Subordination

The indebtedness evidenced by the subordinated debt securities is subordinate to the prior payment in full of all our Senior Indebtedness, as defined in the subordinated indenture. During the continuance beyond any applicable grace period of any default in the payment of principal, premium, interest or any other payment due on any of our Senior Indebtedness, we may not make any payment of principal of, or premium, if any, or interest on the subordinated debt securities. In addition, upon any payment or distribution of our assets upon any dissolution, winding up, liquidation or reorganization, the payment of the principal of, or premium, if any, and interest on the subordinated debt securities will be subordinated to the extent provided in the subordinated indenture in right of payment to the prior payment in full of all our Senior Indebtedness. Because of this subordination, if we dissolve or otherwise liquidate, holders of our subordinated debt securities may receive less, ratably, than holders of our Senior Indebtedness. The subordination provisions do not prevent the occurrence of an event of default under the subordinated indenture.

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The term “Senior Indebtedness” of a person means with respect to such person the principal of, premium, if any, interest on, and any other payment due pursuant to any of the following, whether outstanding on the date of the subordinated indenture or incurred by that person in the future:

 

   

all of the indebtedness of that person for money borrowed, including any indebtedness secured by a mortgage or other lien which is (1) given to secure all or part of the purchase price of property subject to the mortgage or lien, whether given to the vendor of that property or to another lender, or (2) existing on property at the time that person acquires it;

 

   

all of the indebtedness of that person evidenced by notes, debentures, bonds or other securities sold by that person for money;

 

   

all of the lease obligations which are capitalized on the books of that person in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

   

all indebtedness of others of the kinds described in the first two bullet points above and all lease obligations of others of the kind described in the third bullet point above that the person, in any manner, assumes or guarantees or that the person in effect guarantees through an agreement to purchase, whether that agreement is contingent or otherwise; and

 

   

all renewals, extensions or refundings of indebtedness of the kinds described in the first, second or fourth bullet point above and all renewals or extensions of leases of the kinds described in the third or fourth bullet point above;

unless, in the case of any particular indebtedness, lease, renewal, extension or refunding, the instrument or lease creating or evidencing it or the assumption or guarantee relating to it expressly provides that such indebtedness, lease, renewal, extension or refunding is not superior in right of payment to the subordinated debt securities. Our senior debt securities, and any unsubordinated guarantee obligations of ours or any cable guarantor to which we and the cable guarantors are a party, including our and the cable guarantors’, guarantees of each others’ debt securities and other indebtedness for borrowed money, constitute Senior Indebtedness for purposes of the subordinated debt indenture.

Convertible Debt Securities

The terms, if any, on which debt securities being offered may be exchanged for or converted into other debt securities or shares of preferred stock, Class A common stock or Class A Special common stock or other securities or rights of ours (including rights to receive payments in cash or securities based on the value, rate or price of one or more specified commodities, currencies or indices) or securities of other issuers or any combination of the foregoing will be set forth in the prospectus supplement for such debt securities being offered.

Unless otherwise indicated in the prospectus supplement, the following provisions will apply to debt securities being offered that may be exchanged for or converted into capital stock:

The holder of any debt securities convertible into capital stock will have the right exercisable at any time during the time period specified in the prospectus supplement, unless previously redeemed by us, to convert such debt securities into shares of capital stock, which may include preferred stock, Class A common stock or Class A Special common stock, as specified in the prospectus supplement, at the conversion rate for each $1,000 principal amount of debt securities set forth in the prospectus supplement, subject to adjustment.

The holder of a convertible debt security may convert a portion thereof which is $1,000 or any integral multiple of $1,000. In the case of debt securities called for redemption, conversion rights will expire at the close of business on the business day prior to the date fixed for the redemption as may be specified in the prospectus supplement, except that in the case of redemption at the option of the debt security holder, if applicable, such right will terminate upon receipt of written notice of the exercise of such option.

 

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Unless the terms of the specific debt securities being offered provide otherwise, in certain events, the conversion rate will be subject to adjustment as set forth in the indentures. Such events include:

 

   

the issuance of shares of any class of capital stock of ours as a dividend on the class of capital stock into which the debt securities of such series are convertible;

 

   

subdivisions, combinations and reclassifications of the class of capital stock into which debt securities of such series are convertible;

 

   

the issuance to all holders of the class of capital stock into which debt securities of such series are convertible or rights or warrants entitling the debt security holders (for a period not exceeding 45 days) to subscribe for or purchase shares of such class of capital stock at a price per share less than the current market price per share of such class of capital stock;

 

   

the distribution to all holders of the class of capital stock into which debt securities of such series are convertible of evidences of indebtedness of ours or of assets or subscription rights or warrants (other than those referred to above); and

 

   

distributions of cash in excess of certain threshold amounts.

In the case of cash dividends in excess of threshold amounts, we may, at our option, choose to set aside the amount of such distribution in cash for distribution to the holder upon conversion rather than adjust the conversion rate; we do not intend to pay interest on the cash set aside.

No adjustment of the conversion rate will be required unless an adjustment would require a cumulative increase or decrease of at least 1% in such rate. Fractional shares of capital stock will not be issued upon conversion but, in lieu thereof, we will pay a cash adjustment. Convertible debt securities surrendered for conversion between the record date for an interest payment, if any, and the interest payment date, except convertible debt securities called for redemption on a redemption date during such period, must be accompanied by payment of an amount equal to the interest thereon which the registered holder is to receive.

 

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GLOBAL SECURITIES

We may issue the debt securities, warrants, purchase contracts and units of any series in the form of one or more fully registered global securities that will be deposited with a depositary or with a nominee for a depositary identified in the prospectus supplement relating to such series and registered in the name of the depositary or its nominee. In that case, one or more global securities will be issued in a denomination or aggregate denominations equal to the portion of the aggregate principal or face amount of outstanding registered securities of the series to be represented by such global securities. Unless and until the depositary exchanges a global security in whole for securities in definitive registered form, the global security may not be transferred except as a whole by the depositary to a nominee of the depositary or by a nominee of the depositary to the depositary or another nominee of the depositary or by the depositary or any of its nominees to a successor of the depositary or a nominee of such successor.

The specific terms of the depositary arrangement with respect to any portion of a series of securities to be represented by a global security will be described in the prospectus supplement relating to such series. We anticipate that the following provisions will apply to all depositary arrangements.

Ownership of beneficial interests in a global security will be limited to persons that have accounts with the depositary for such global security known as “participants” or persons that may hold interests through such participants. Upon the issuance of a global security, the depositary for such global security will credit, on its book-entry registration and transfer system, the participants’ accounts with the respective principal or face amounts of the securities represented by such global security beneficially owned by such participants. The accounts to be credited shall be designated by any dealers, underwriters or agents participating in the distribution of such securities. Ownership of beneficial interests in such global security will be shown on, and the transfer of such ownership interests will be effected only through, records maintained by the depositary for such global security (with respect to interests of participants) and on the records of participants (with respect to interests of persons holding through participants). The laws of some states may require that certain purchasers of securities take physical delivery of such securities in definitive form. Such limits and such laws may impair the ability to own, transfer or pledge beneficial interests in global securities.

So long as the depositary for a global security, or its nominee, is the registered owner of such global security, such depositary or such nominee, as the case may be, will be considered the sole owner or holder of the securities represented by such global security for all purposes under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement, purchase contract or unit agreement. Except as set forth below, owners of beneficial interests in a global security will not be entitled to have the securities represented by such global security registered in their names, will not receive or be entitled to receive physical delivery of such securities in definitive form and will not be considered the owners or holders thereof under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement, purchase contract or unit agreement. Accordingly, each person owning a beneficial interest in a global security must rely on the procedures of the depositary for such global security and, if such person is not a participant, on the procedures of the participant through which such person owns its interest, to exercise any rights of a holder under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement, purchase contract or unit agreement. We understand that under existing industry practices, if we request any action of holders or if an owner of a beneficial interest in a global security desires to give or take any action which a holder is entitled to give or take under the applicable indenture, warrant agreement, purchase contract or unit agreement, the depositary for such global security would authorize the participants holding the relevant beneficial interests to give or take such action, and such participants would authorize beneficial owners owning through such participants to give or take such action or would otherwise act upon the instructions of beneficial owners holding through them.

Principal, premium, if any, and interest payments on debt securities, and any payments to holders with respect to warrants, purchase contracts or units represented by a global security registered in the name of a depositary or its nominee will be made to such depositary or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner of such global security. None of us, the trustees, the warrant agents, the unit agents or any of our other

 

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agents, agent of the trustees or agent of the warrant agents or unit agents will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to or payments made on account of beneficial ownership interests in such global security or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to such beneficial ownership interests.

We expect that the depositary for any securities represented by a global security, upon receipt of any payment of principal, premium, interest or other distribution of underlying securities or commodities to holders in respect of such global security, will immediately credit participants’ accounts in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in such global security as shown on the records of such depositary. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in such global security held through such participants will be governed by standing customer instructions and customary practices, as is now the case with the securities held for the accounts of customers in bearer form or registered in “street name,” and will be the responsibility of such participants.

If the depositary for any securities represented by a global security is at any time unwilling or unable to continue as depositary or ceases to be a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act, and we do not appoint a successor depositary registered as a clearing agency under the Exchange Act within 90 days, we will issue such securities in definitive form in exchange for such global security. In addition, we may at any time and in our sole discretion determine not to have any of the securities of a series represented by one or more global securities and, in such event, will issue securities of such series in definitive form in exchange for all of the global security or securities representing such securities. Any securities issued in definitive form in exchange for a global security will be registered in such name or names as the depositary shall instruct the relevant trustee, warrant agent or other relevant agent of ours. We expect that such instructions will be based upon directions received by the depositary from participants with respect to ownership of beneficial interests in such global security.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

The statements made under this caption include summaries of certain provisions contained in our articles of incorporation and by-laws. These statements do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to such articles of incorporation and by-laws.

We have three classes of common stock outstanding: Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share; Class A Special common stock, $0.01 par value per share; and Class B common stock, $0.01 par value per share. There are currently authorized 7.5 billion shares of Class A common stock, 7.5 billion shares of Class A Special common stock, 75 million shares of Class B common stock and 20 million shares of preferred stock. Our Board of Directors may issue preferred stock, in one or more series, without par value, with full, limited, multiple, fractional, or no voting rights, and with such designations, preferences, qualifications, privileges, limitations, restrictions, options, conversion rights and other special rights as our Board of Directors shall determine.

Dividends

Subject to the preferential rights of any preferred stock then outstanding, holders of our Class A common stock, Class A Special common stock, and Class B common stock are entitled to receive, from time to time, when, as and if declared, in the discretion of our Board, such cash dividends as our Board may from time to time determine, out of such funds as are legally available therefor, in proportion to the number of shares held by them, respectively, without regard to class.

Holders of our Class A common stock, Class A Special common stock, and Class B common stock will also be entitled to receive, from time to time, when, as and if declared by our Board, such dividends of our stock or other property as our Board may determine, out of such funds as are legally available therefor. However, stock dividends on, or stock splits of, any class of common stock will not be paid or issued unless paid or issued on all classes of our common stock, in which case they will be paid or issued only in shares of that class; provided, however, that stock dividends on, or stock splits of, our Class B common stock may also be paid or issued in shares of our Class A Special common stock.

We intend to pay quarterly dividends at an annual rate currently of $0.27 per share. See “Dividend Policy” above.

Voting Rights

Except as required by law, holders of our Class A Special common stock are not entitled to vote. When holders of our Class A Special common stock are entitled to vote by applicable law, each share of our Class A Special common stock has the same number of votes as each share of our Class A common stock.

As of December 31, 2008, on all matters submitted for a vote of holders of all classes of our voting stock, holders of our Class A common stock in the aggregate hold 66 2/3% of the aggregate voting power of our capital stock. As of December 31, 2008, our Class B common stock has a nondilutable 33 1/3% of the combined voting power of our common stock. This nondilutable voting power is subject to proportional decrease to the extent the number of shares of Class B common stock is reduced below 9,444,375, which was the number of shares of Class B common stock outstanding on the date of our 2002 acquisition of AT&T Corp.’s cable business, subject to adjustment in specified situations. Stock dividends payable on the Class B common stock in the form of Class B or Class A Special common stock do not decrease the nondilutable voting power of the Class B common stock.

Approval Rights

Except as required by law, holders of Class A Special common stock and Class A common stock have no specific approval rights over any corporate actions. Holders of our Class B common stock have an approval right over (1) any merger of us with another company or any other transaction, in each case that requires our

 

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shareholders’ approval under applicable law, or any other transaction that would result in any person or group owning shares representing in excess of 10% of the aggregate voting power of the resulting or surviving corporation, or any issuance of securities (other than pursuant to director or officer stock option or purchase plans) requiring our shareholders’ approval under the rules and regulations of any stock exchange or quotation system; (2) any issuance of our Class B common stock or any securities exercisable or exchangeable for or convertible into our Class B common stock; and (3) charter or by-law amendments (such as a charter amendment to opt in to any of the Pennsylvania antitakeover statutes) and other actions (such as the adoption, amendment or redemption of a shareholder rights plan) that limit the rights of holders of our Class B common stock or any subsequent transferee of our Class B common stock to transfer, vote or otherwise exercise rights with respect to our capital stock.

Principal Shareholder

Brian L. Roberts, our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, beneficially owns all outstanding shares of our Class B common stock, which has a nondilutable 33 1/3% of the combined voting power of our stock and which also has separate approval rights over certain material transactions, as described above under “—Approval Rights.” Accordingly, Mr. Roberts has considerable influence over our operations and has the ability (subject to certain restrictions through November 17, 2012) to transfer potential effective control by selling the Class B common stock. In addition, under our articles of incorporation, Mr. Roberts is entitled to remain as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President until May 26, 2010, unless he is removed by the affirmative vote of at least 75% of the entire Board of Directors or he is no longer willing or able to serve. The Class B common stock is convertible on a share-for-share basis into Class A common stock or Class A Special common stock. As of February 28, 2009, if Mr. Roberts were to convert the Class B common stock he beneficially owns into Class A common stock, Mr. Roberts would beneficially own 12,798,458 shares of Class A common stock, which is less than 1% of the Class A common stock that would be outstanding after the conversion.

Conversion of Class B Common Stock

The Class B common stock is convertible share for share into either the Class A common stock or the Class A Special common stock.

Preference on Liquidation

In the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up, either voluntary or involuntary, the holders of Class A Special common stock, Class A common stock and Class B common stock are entitled to receive, subject to any liquidation preference of any preferred stock then outstanding, our remaining assets, if any, in proportion to the number of shares held by them without regard to class.

Mergers, Consolidations, Etc.

Our charter provides that if in a transaction such as a merger, consolidation, share exchange or recapitalization holders of each class of our common stock outstanding do not receive the same consideration for each of their shares of our common stock (i.e., the same amount of cash or the same number of shares of each class of stock issued in the transaction in proportion to the number of shares of our common stock held by them, respectively, without regard to class), holders of each such class of our common stock will receive “mirror” securities (i.e., shares of a class of stock having substantially equivalent rights as the applicable class of our common stock).

Miscellaneous

The holders of Class A common stock, Class A Special common stock and Class B common stock do not have any preemptive rights. All shares of Class A common stock, Class A Special common stock and Class B common stock presently outstanding are, and all shares of the Class A common stock and Class A Special

 

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common stock offered hereby, or issuable upon conversion, exchange or exercise of securities offered hereby, will, when issued, be, fully paid and non-assessable. We have been advised that the Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock are exempt from existing Pennsylvania personal property tax.

The transfer agent and registrar for our Class A Special common stock and Class A common stock is Computershare, 250 Royall Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021. Their telephone number is (888) 883-8903.

Shareholder Rights Plan

The following description of the material terms of a rights agreement with respect to a shareholder rights plan is qualified by reference to the terms of the rights agreement, which is included as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part.

The Rights. Pursuant to the rights agreement, our board declared on November 18, 2002 a dividend of one preferred stock purchase right (the “Rights”) for each outstanding share of our Class A common stock, Class A Special common stock and Class B common stock payable to holders of record on November 18, 2002. Shares of common stock issued after the record date and prior to the Distribution Date will be issued with a Right attached so that all shares of common stock outstanding prior to the Distribution Date will have Rights attached. 2.5 million shares of preferred stock have been reserved for issuance upon exercise of the Rights.

Rights holders have no rights as a shareholder of the Company, including the right to vote or to receive dividends.

The rights agreement includes antidilution provisions designed to prevent efforts to diminish the effectiveness of the Rights.

The transferability and exercisability of the Rights will depend on whether a “Distribution Date” has occurred. A Distribution Date generally means the earlier of (1) the close of business on the tenth day after a public announcement that any person or group has become an “Acquiring Person” and (2) the close of business on the tenth business day after the date of the commencement of a tender or exchange offer by any person that could result in such person becoming an Acquiring Person. An Acquiring Person generally means any person or group (other than any holder of our Class B common stock or any of such holder’s affiliates) who becomes the beneficial owner of our voting capital stock that represents 10% or more of the total number of votes that holders of our capital stock are entitled to cast with respect to any matter presented for a shareholder vote.

Transferability. Prior to the Distribution Date, (1) the Rights will be evidenced by the certificates of the relevant underlying common stock and the registered holders of the common stock shall be deemed the registered holders of the associated Rights and (2) the Rights will be transferable only in connection with transfers of shares of the underlying common stock. After the Distribution Date, the rights agent will mail separate certificates evidencing the Rights to each holder of the relevant underlying common stock as of the close of business on the Distribution Date. Thereafter, the Rights will be transferable separately from the common stock.

Exercisability. The Rights will not be exercisable prior to the Distribution Date. After the Distribution Date, but prior to the occurrence of an event described below under “—’Flip In’ Feature” or “—’Flip Over’ Feature,” each Right will be exercisable to purchase for $125 one one-thousandth of a share of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock.

“Flip In” Feature. If any person becomes an Acquiring Person, each holder of a Right, except for the Acquiring Person or certain affiliated persons, will have the right to acquire, instead of one one-thousandth of a share of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock, a number of shares of our Class A common stock, in each case having a market value equal to twice the exercise price of the Right. For example, if an initial purchase price of $125 was in effect on the date that the flip in feature of the Rights was exercised, any holder of

 

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a Right, except for the person that has become an Acquiring Person or certain affiliated persons, could exercise his or her Right by paying to us $125 in order to receive shares of our Class A common stock having a value equal to $250.

“Exchange” Feature. At any time after a person becomes an Acquiring Person (but before any person becomes the beneficial owner of our voting capital stock representing 50% or more of the total number of votes which holders of our capital stock are entitled to cast with respect to any matter presented for a shareholder vote), our Board may exchange all or some of the Rights, except for those held by any Acquiring Person or certain affiliated persons, for our Class A common stock at an exchange ratio of one share of our Class A common stock for each Right. Use of this exchange feature means that eligible Rights holders would not have to pay cash before receiving shares of our Class A common stock.

“Flip Over” Feature. If, after a person becomes an Acquiring Person, (1) we are involved in a merger or other business combination in which we are not the surviving corporation or any of our common stock is exchanged for other securities or assets or (2) we and/or one or more of our subsidiaries sell or transfer assets or earning power aggregating 50% or more of the assets or earning power of us and/or our subsidiaries, then each Right will entitle the holder, except for any Acquiring Person or certain affiliated persons, to purchase a number of shares of common stock of the other party to the transaction having a value equal to twice the exercise price of the Right.

Redemption of Rights. Our Board may redeem all of the Rights at a price of $0.001 per Right at any time prior to the time that any person becomes an Acquiring Person. The right to exercise will terminate upon redemption, and at that time, holders of the Rights will have the right to receive only the redemption price for each Right they hold.

Amendment of Rights. For so long as the Rights are redeemable, the rights agreement may be amended in any respect. At any time when the Rights are no longer redeemable, the rights agreement may be amended in any respect that does not adversely affect Rights holders (other than any Acquiring Person and certain affiliated persons), cause the rights agreement to become amendable except as set forth in this sentence or cause the Rights again to become redeemable.

Expiration of Rights. If not previously exercised or redeemed, the Rights will expire on November 18, 2012, unless earlier exchanged.

Anti-Takeover Effects. The Rights have certain anti-takeover effects. The Rights may cause substantial dilution to a person that attempts to acquire us without a condition to such an offer that a substantial number of the Rights be acquired or that the Rights be redeemed or declared invalid. The Rights should not interfere with any merger or other business combination approved by our Board since the Rights may be redeemed by us as described above.

Taxation. While the dividend of the Rights was not taxable to stockholders or to us, stockholders or we may, depending upon the circumstances, recognize taxable income in the event that the Rights become exercisable as set forth above.

Series A Preferred Stock. In connection with the creation of the Rights, our Board authorized the issuance of shares of our preferred stock designated as our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock. The dividend, liquidation, voting and redemption features of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock have been designed so that the value of one-thousandth of a share of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock approximates the value of one share of our Class A common stock. Shares of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock will be purchasable only after the Rights have become exercisable. The rights of our Series A participating cumulative preferred stock as to dividends, liquidation and voting, and in the event of mergers or consolidations, are protected by customary antidilution provisions.

 

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

We or selling security holders may sell the securities being offered hereby in four ways:

 

   

directly to purchasers;

 

   

through agents;

 

   

through underwriters; and

 

   

through dealers.

If any securities are sold pursuant to this prospectus by any person other than us, we will disclose in a prospectus supplement required information with respect to each security holder, which may include its name, the nature of any relationship it has had with us or any of our affiliates during the three years preceding such offering and the amount of securities of the class it owns both before and after the offering.

We or any selling security holder may directly solicit offers to purchase securities, or we or any selling security holder may designate agents to solicit such offers. We will, in the prospectus supplement relating to such offering, name any agent that could be viewed as an underwriter under the Securities Act of 1933 (hereinafter, the “Securities Act”) and describe any commissions we or any selling security holder must pay. Any such agent will be acting on a best efforts basis for the period of its appointment or, if indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement, on a firm commitment basis. Agents, dealers and underwriters may be customers of, engage in transactions with, or perform services for us in the ordinary course of business.

If any underwriters are utilized in the sale of the securities in respect of which this prospectus is delivered, we will enter into an underwriting agreement with them at the time of sale to them, and we will set forth in the prospectus supplement relating to such offering their names and the terms of any agreement with them.

If a dealer is utilized in the sale of the securities in respect of which the prospectus is delivered, we and any selling security holders will sell such securities to the dealer, as principal. The dealer may then resell such securities to the public at varying prices to be determined by such dealer at the time of resale.

Remarketing firms, agents, underwriters and dealers may be entitled under agreements which they may enter into with us or any selling security holder to indemnification by us against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act, and may be customers of, engage in transactions with or perform services for us in the ordinary course of business.

In order to facilitate the offering of the securities, any underwriters may engage in transactions that stabilize, maintain or otherwise affect the price of the securities or any other securities the prices of which may be used to determine payments on such securities. Specifically, any underwriters may overallot in connection with the offering, creating a short position for their own accounts. In addition, to cover overallotments or to stabilize the price of the securities or of any such other securities, the underwriters may bid for, and purchase, the securities or any such other securities in the open market. Finally, in any offering of the securities through a syndicate of underwriters, the underwriting syndicate may reclaim selling concessions allowed to an underwriter or a dealer for distributing the securities in the offering if the syndicate repurchases previously distributed securities in transactions to cover syndicate short positions, in stabilization transactions or otherwise. Any of these activities may stabilize or maintain the market price of the securities above independent market levels. Any such underwriters are not required to engage in these activities and may end any of these activities at any time.

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LEGAL MATTERS

As to matters governed by Pennsylvania law, Arthur R. Block, Esquire, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Comcast, and as to matters governed by New York and Delaware law, Davis Polk & Wardwell, will pass upon the validity of the securities on our behalf and on behalf of the cable guarantors, although we may use other counsel, including our employees, to do so. Unless otherwise indicated in the accompanying prospectus supplement, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP will represent the underwriters.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements, and the related consolidated financial statement schedule, incorporated in this prospectus by reference from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the effectiveness of Comcast Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports which are incorporated herein by reference (which express an unqualified opinion on the consolidated financial statements and the consolidated financial statement schedule and include an explanatory paragraph concerning the adoption FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes – an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109, effective January 1, 2007, of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 159, The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities including an amendment of FASB Statement No. 115, effective January 1, 2008, and of EITF Issue No 06-10, Accounting for Collateral Assignment Spilt-Dollar Life Insurance Arrangements, effective January 1, 2008 and express an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting). Such consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule have been so incorporated in reliance upon the reports of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

We, along with the cable guarantors, have filed this prospectus as part of a combined registration statement on Form S-3 with the SEC. The registration statement contains exhibits and other information that are not contained in this prospectus. Our descriptions in this prospectus of the provisions of documents filed as exhibits to the registration statement or otherwise filed with the SEC are only summaries of the documents’ material terms. If you want a complete description of the content of the documents, you should obtain the documents by following the procedures described below.

We file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Comcast Cable, Comcast Cable Holdings, Comcast MO Group and Comcast MO of Delaware do not currently file information with the SEC. Although the cable guarantors would normally be required to file information with the SEC on an ongoing basis, we expect that the cable guarantors will be exempt from this filing obligation for as long as we continue to file our information with the SEC. You may read and copy any document we file at the SEC’s public reference room located at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference rooms. Our SEC filings, including the complete registration statement and all of the exhibits to it are available through the SEC’s Web site at http://www.sec.gov.

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus, in any accompanying prospectus supplement and in material we file with the SEC and incorporate by reference herein. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different. We are offering to sell, and seeking offers to buy, the securities described in the prospectus only where offers and sales are permitted. The information contained in this prospectus, any prospectus supplement and our filings with the SEC is accurate only as of its date, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus and any prospectus supplement or of any sale of the securities.

 

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INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” the information we file with them, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring you directly to those documents. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be part of this prospectus. In addition, information we file with the SEC in the future will automatically update and supersede information contained in this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement.

This prospectus incorporates by reference the documents set forth below that we have previously filed with the SEC:

 

   

Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, filed on February 20, 2009.

 

   

The section of the Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2009 annual meeting of stockholders incorporated by reference in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

 

   

Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 13, 2009.

 

   

The description of our capital stock incorporated in our Current Report on Form 8-K12G3 and Registration Statement on Form 8-A12G, each filed on November 18, 2002, as the same may be amended from time to time.

We also incorporate by reference into this prospectus additional documents that we may file with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act until we sell all of the securities we are offering. Any statements contained in a previously filed document incorporated by reference into this prospectus is deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in this prospectus, or in a subsequently filed document also incorporated by reference herein, modifies or supersedes that statement. We will provide free copies of any of those documents, if you write or telephone us at: One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2838, (215) 286-1700.

 

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PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

 

 

Joint Book-Running Managers

 

Barclays Capital         Deutsche Bank   Goldman Sachs International   The Royal Bank of Scotland

 

 

 

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