The Africa Channel has launched in Chicago on Comcast digital-cable channel 133.
The service, featuring cultural, entertainment and destination programming pertaining to the continent, bowed April 2 on the DMA's predominant operator's digital classic tier, comprising some 70 channels. Deal terms were not disclosed. "Comcast viewers in Chicago are in for a unique television experience," said Africa Channel president and CEO Elrick Williams in a statement. "The Africa Channel is the first of its kind, a 24/7 cultural, entertainment and destination channel that will provide a daily window to the African continent through a unique mix of quality, all-English television programming."
Added Steve, Comcast's Greater Chicago Region senior vice president: "We're proud to offer customers The Africa Channel as part of Comcast's ongoing commitment to deliver programming that reflects the diverse needs and interests of the communities we serve. The Africa Channel offers an impressive mix of original programming, virtually none of which has been previously available to viewers in the U.S., and it is only available in the City of Chicago on Comcast Digital Cable."
The Africa Channel also has affiliation deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, as well as smaller U.S. distributors.