Comcast Adds AZN in D.C. Area

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AZN Television is being rolled out on parent Comcast Corp.’s systems serving the nation’s capital.

The Asian-American-aimed network is being added to the MSO’s systems in the Washington, D.C., area, including suburban Maryland and Virginia. When the rollout is completed on Comcast Digital Cable at month’s end, AZN will boost its overall subscriber base to some 13 million homes, according to network officials.

A network spokeswoman said that with the D.C. area on board, Comcast will have made AZN available in about 450 of its systems, or one-quarter of the systems that currently offer the service.

On the programming side of the ledger, AZN has struck an output deal with Sony Pictures Television that will give the network exclusive U.S. TV rights to the next 10 Asian feature films released in the States by Sony Pictures Classics.

The first film to premiere on the channel from this pact is Wong Kar Wai’s 2046, starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Li Gong and Ziyi Zhang.

Additionally, the deal -- terms of which were not disclosed -- provides the rights to 16 of Sony Pictures Classics’ and six of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s most notable and recent Asian films, starting in March with Shiri, followed by The Legend of Suriyothai and Big Shots in April.

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