Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (>> Time Warner Cable Inc), seeking to smooth their $45 billion merger deal with regulators, are in early-stage talks with Carter Communications Inc. (>> Charter Communications, Inc.) on a possible sale of assets, the Financial Times reported Friday on its website, citing people familiar with the matter.
Those assets under discussion -- valued at up to $20 billion -- include selling between three million and five million subscribers to Charter. A second option under discussion would see Comcast and Time Warner Cable spin off subscriptions into a new company in which Charter would be given a substantial minority stake, the FT reported.
Time Warner Cable and Charter declined comment to the FT.
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