CN8, The Comcast Network, Comcast Corp.'s East Coast regional programming
service, will premiere in Boston and throughout New England Monday, adding 2.2
million subscribers to the channel's universe.
The expansion makes CN8 available to more than 6.2 million households
In New England, CN8 replaces AT&T 3, the regional network formerly
programmed by AT&T Broadband, which Comcast acquired last December.
Most of CN8's programming lineup will run as is in New England.
Two notable exceptions are at night, when newscasts are on. With New England
Cable News available, owned jointly by Comcast and Hearst Corp., CN8 is
launching a pair of original hours, Nitebeat at 7 p.m. EST and Sports
Pulse three hours later.
Former Hard Copy co-anchor and Extra senior correspondent Barry
Nolan will host Nitebeat, which will use interviews, debates and
roundtable segments to explore major regional issues. Sports Pulse will
open with a number of people in the host seat and name a permanent host in the
CN8 spent $2 million renovating a studio in the Boston area for both
programs, as well as regular segments for other series originating from the
channel's Philadelphia headquarters.