Comcast also said it plans to repurchase $2 billion of its stock this year and increased its dividend by 20 percent to 78 cents per year. As part of the increase, Comcast declared a quarterly dividend of 19.5 cents, payable on April 24 to shareholders of record as of April 3.
Fueled by the NBCUniversal announcement, Comcast's stock rose $2.77, or 7 percent, to $41.74 in after-hours trading. The shares had closed up 33 cents at $38.97.
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