This could get interesting. Is this, as Bert might contend, "the mating of dinosaurs," or is Comcast bulking up for the bigger war to come with Verizon and AT&T? Regards Craig http://www.marketwatch.com/story/comcast-buying-time-warner-cable-for-452-billion-2014-02-13?link=MW_story_popular By Shalini Ramachandran and Dana Cimilluca Comcast Corp. has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the nation’s two biggest cable operators, according to people familiar with the situation. The boards of both companies have approved the deal, which will be announced Thursday morning, one of the people said. With the proposed deal, Comcast CMCSA +0.44% almost certainly ends an eight month takeover battle for TWC TWC +0.30% waged by fourth-biggest cable operator Charter Communications Inc. CHTR -0.24% and its biggest shareholder, Liberty MediaCorp. LMCA +0.87% , whose chairman is cable pioneer John Malone. By negotiating the merger, Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts ensures his dominance of the U.S. cable industry will be maintained. But the transaction would face lengthy regulatory review. In the deal, Time Warner Cable shareholders will receive $158.82 a share in stock for their shares, about $23 a share above where TWC has been trading. Charter has made three offers, the most recent of which was valued at $132.50, all of which were rejected by TWC as too low. Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Rob Marcus had said TWC wanted $160 a share.Charter’s pursuit of TWC, which began after Liberty bought a 27% stake in Charter about a year ago, had raised the possibility that Malone would emerge as a rival to Roberts. Malone once led the U.S. cable industry but sold his previous cable firm, Tele-Communications Inc. in 1999.