Comcast to Launch TV One

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Comcast Cable will launch its new TV One network on analog basic in urban markets with at least 2.2 million subscribers.

The African-American targeted service, set to debut Jan. 19, has secured analog carriage on Comcast systems in Atlanta; Detroit and Flint, Mich; Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, TV One president Johnathan Rodgers said. Comcast Corp. co-owns the network with Radio One Inc.

"Comcast is pleased to debut TV One, one of the most anticipated, innovative and exciting new networks in a long time, to our subscribers in some of the country's top urban markets," Comcast Cable president Steve Burke said in a statement. "TV One is representative of our efforts to provide viewers with the widest possible array of programming choices."

Rodgers said he's in discussions with other Comcast systems and other MSOs to obtain distribution.

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