By combining forces, cable companies can bulk up on subscribers, giving them greater power to negotiate with entertainment conglomerates that supply content. They also can gain access to new technologies. Here’s a look at big cable-industry combinations — and frustrated deals — in the past few years:
Charter Communications may not lick its wounds for long before trying to grab another piece of the consolidating U.S. cable industry. Charter, John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp. and advisers are having a board meeting next week to discuss options, according to a person familiar with the matter.