'Alice' Arrives In U.S. On Comcast's Fancast

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In a first, HBO Latino will launch a new series stateside via broadband today (Feb. 23), ahead of the show's linear premiere next month.

HBO Latino will provide a sneak peek of the first two episodes of Brazilian drama Alice, which it is importing from HBO Latin America Group, on Comcast's Fancast broadband platform. The series was originally filmed in Portuguese, but will be Spanish-dubbed for HBO Latino and English-subtitled for HBO on Demand, affiliates' free on-demand offerings and broadband and online streaming.

The unedited, high-definition installments become accessible on Fancast today. Then next week, on March 2, the two episodes will be available on HBO on Demand, as well as on the free on-demand platforms proffered by AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Verizon FiOS TV. Charter.net will also screen the Alice installments earlier.

The same day, visitors to the HBO Latino's Web site will be able to screen the episodes at www.HBOLatino.com/alice, as well as via YouTube and Apple's iTunes Store.

The show will then make its linear premiere, unedited and dubbed into Spanish, in the U.S. March 6 at 10 p.m.

Starring Andréia Horta in the title role, the 13-episode series tells the tale of Alice, a 26-year-old who travels from Palmas to São Paulo to attend her father's funeral, after his sudden, tragic death.

Upon arriving in São Paulo, Alice discovers a new world, meets new friends, finds new love and undergoes new experiences that make her fall in love with the Brazilian city.

The arrival of Alice, which premiered in Mexico last fall, marks the sixth original series that HBO Latino has acquired from HBO Latin America Group, joining Epitafios, Mandrake, Sexo Urbano, Capadocia and Hijos del Carnival.

Capadocia, featuring Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera, logged over 1 million views on HBO On Demand between September and December of 2008, according to Rentrak OnDemand Essentials data. The 13-episode series has also received a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award nomination for outstanding drama series in the Spanish-language category.

Following its March 6 debut, Alice will run every Friday at 10 p.m. on HBO Latino through May 29. Episodes will be available on HBO on Demand every Monday before the linear premiere from March 2 through May 25; they will remain through June 22.