Comcast Corp. could acquire Time Warner Cable Co.'s New York cable-TV properties, along with other franchises on the East Coast, in a deal with Charter Communications Inc., according to sources in the industry.
A deal would expand Comcast's market power along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington.
Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company, already offers cable and Internet in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
Charter declined to comment Monday. Comcast also had no comment.
Charter has offered $132.50 a share for Time Warner Cable's equity, but Time Warner Cable has rebuffed the offer as inadequate, seeking $160 a share.
Analysts believe Charter has to bring Comcast into a deal to sweeten its bid because of the billions of dollars it would have to borrow for Time Warner Cable, which is substantially larger.