The Philadelphia owner of the NBC network reported earnings per share of 92 cents, above the 91-cent forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet, and up 15% from 80 cents in the year-earlier period. Analysts had predicted revenue of $21.15 billion, whereas Comcast pulled in $21.3 billion of sales, up 14.2% year on year.
The company said video customers increased by 32,000, the best third-quarter growth for that segment in 10 years. Analysts had previously predicted video subscribers would decline once more after a second-quarter downturn.
High-speed Internet customers rose by 330,000, which Comcast said was the best third-quarter growth in seven years, while total revenue per customer rose by 3.6%.
Theme park revenue rose almost 61% to $1.4 billion in the third quarter after Comcast opened a Harry Potter-themed attraction in Hollywood.
Comcast said it paid out $663 million in dividends in the third quarter and repurchased 20.8 million of its common shares for $1.4 billion. It has shareholder authorization to buy back another $6.2 billion of stock.
Comcast shares were up 0.7%, or 48 cents, at $65.00 in premarket trading.