One sentence and six charts to explain why Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable

Why is America’s largest cable TV company buying its biggest rival for $44 billion? Well, not to oversimplify things, but that’s easy to explain:

The pay TV industry is in flux


…as Americans drop their cable TV subscriptions…


…but pay the same companies for internet service,

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and since Comcast and TWC control different regions,

Comcast and TWC maps

why not add to the industry’s history of consolidation?


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