Comcast Boosts Current’s Distribution

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Current TV inked an affiliation deal with Comcast Corp. that will increase the network’s carriage with the cable operator from 500,000 subscribers to 8 million by June 1, officials said Monday.

The new agreement with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, will bring Current’s total carriage to 28 million homes from 20 million.

Former Vice President Al Gore relaunched Newsworld International as Current -- which targets the 18-34 audience -- last August.

“Less than eight months ago, we launched a new network that sought to do something extraordinary -- to involve young adults in helping to create the television they want to watch,” Gore, Current TV’s chairman, said in a prepared statement.

“With the additional distribution of Current on Comcast’s digital-cable lineup, we look forward to continuing to empower young adults to share the stories they are passionate about, but now to a much larger audience,” Gore added.

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