Comcast Brings VOD to ‘Big D’


Comcast Corp. has launched video-on-demand to 300,000 subscribers in parts of its Dallas-area system, providing more than 1,200 hours of content across a free-VOD, subscription-VOD and hit-movie lineup.

VOD-enabled areas include Arlington, Irving, Carrollton and Grapevine. Dallas, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson will be added in the first quarter of 2005.

In addition to Anime Network, BBC America, Black Entertainment Television, Cartoon Network, Court TV, The Golf Channel, Fine Living, Food Network, Home & Garden Television, Outdoor Life Network and NFL Network, Comcast has launched a Hispanic VOD programming section with content from Cine Latino, Discovery en Español, Musica and Gol TV.

In other VOD News, Discovery Networks U.S. extended its distribution deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. covering 70 hours of programming per month. Discovery also signed a VOD deal with Verizon Communications.