For the quarter, analysts are expecting the company to report EPS of $0.68 and revenue of $27.27 billion, equating to yr/yr growth of 3% and 20%, respectively. The strong expected revenue growth requires some context, though. In October 2018, CMCSA completed its acquisition of Sky, a European pay-TV company. Last quarter was the first quarter that fully included the Sky business, which helped drive 26% top-line growth -- its highest growth in over five years. On pro-forma basis, excluding Sky, CMCSA's revenue was up 5%, much more inline with its historical growth rates.
So, for this quarter, CMCSA's revenue growth rate will also benefit from last fall's Sky acquisition.
That acquisition has provided a considerable boost to its growth, but, CMCSA's business as a whole has been performing well. In Q4, its core Cable Communications segment increased by 5% to $14.1 bln and achieved its best Q4 EBITDA growth in eight years, up 7%. Underlying this performance was the addition of 258K total customer relationships as strength in high-speed internet more than offset the loss of 29K video customers.
From a strategic standpoint, the company has been removing unnecessary complexity and activity out of the business in order to make the customer experience smoother. For instance, more than 75% of customers transactions are now completed through digital touch-points. And, over the past year, it has reduced agent-handled calls by 15 mln, while adding over 1 mln new customer relationships. The end result has been cable EBITDA growth of 7% and net cash flow growth of 13%.
Another strong performer has been its NBCUniversal business, which it bought from GE in December of 2009. Last quarter, revenue and Adj. EBITDA climbed by 7% and 12% respectively, primarily reflecting growth in broadcast TV and cable networks. What many investors and analysts will be focused on, though, will be any commentary regarding its streaming service.
Disney has been making a lot of waves with its new Disney+ streaming offering which will launch this fall. With its massive assortment of content coming online soon, the playing field is becoming incredibly competitive. However, during its earnings call on April 17, Netflix (NFLX) largely downplayed the impact Disney+ will have on the market. NFLX stated that since the transition from linear to on-demand entertainment is so huge, the addition of Disney should not materially affect its growth. It will be interesting to see if CMCSA shares those same sentiments. Its streaming service is expected to launch in 2020.
On a final note, CMCSA does have a history of outperforming the Street's expectations. In fact, it has topped analysts EPS expectations for twelve straight quarters. Given the stock's strong performance, it is likely that it will need to extend that streak to thirteen in order to keep shares moving higher.