Time Warner Cable, Inc. (TWC) was an American cable television company. Before it was acquired by Charter Communications on May 18, 2016, it was ranked the second largest cable company in the United States by revenue behind only Comcast, operating in 29 states.[1] Its corporate headquarters were located in the Time Warner Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York City,[2] with other corporate offices in Stamford, Connecticut; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Herndon, Virginia.[3]

Quick facts: Formerly, Type, Industry, Predecessor, Founde...
Time Warner Cable, Inc.
FormerlyTelevision Communications Corp. (1962-1973)
Warner Cable (1973-1979, 1986-1992)
Warner-Amex Cable (1979-1986)
Time Warner Communications (1992-1995)
Mass media
PredecessorAmerican Television and Communications (1968-1991)
Founded1962; 60 years ago (1962)
(as Television Communications Corp.)
1973; 49 years ago (1973)
(as Warner Cable)
DefunctMay 18, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-05-18)
FateAcquired by Charter Communications and merged with Bright House Networks to form Charter Spectrum
SuccessorCharter Spectrum
HeadquartersTime Warner Center, ,
Area served
United States
Key people
Robert D. Marcus
(Chairman & CEO)
ParentIndependent (1962-1972; 2009–2016)
Kinney National Company (1972)
Warner Communications (1972–1990)
Time Warner (1990–2009)
Charter Communications (2016)
SubsidiariesTime Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
Time Warner Cable building entrance in Morrisville, North Carolina

It was controlled by Warner Communications, then by Time Warner (later known as WarnerMedia and now Warner Bros. Discovery). That company spun off the cable operations in March 2009 as part of a larger restructuring. From 2009 to 2016, Time Warner Cable was an entirely independent company, continuing to use the Time Warner name under license from its former parent company (including the "Road Runner" name for its Internet service, now Spectrum Internet).

In 2014, the company was the subject of a proposed purchase by Comcast Corporation, valued at $45.2 billion; however, following opposition to the deal by various groups, along with plans by the U.S. government to try to block the merger, Comcast called off the deal in April 2015. On May 26, 2015, Charter Communications announced that it would acquire Time Warner Cable for $78.7 billion, along with Bright House Networks in a separate $10.1 billion deal, pending regulatory approval.[4]

The purchase was completed on May 18, 2016; Charter had continued to do business as Time Warner Cable in its former markets, but has now re-branded these operations under the Spectrum brand in most markets (a brand of Charter which launched in 2014), though it will continue to use the roadrunner.com email addresses and adelphia.net email addresses to new customers.[5]