Comcast today unveiled a holiday perennial, its “Troop Greetings On Demand” service that allows the families and friends of military personnel stationed overseas to view special holiday greetings from their loved ones any time of the day or night and as often as they like free of charge.
This marks the fifth consecutive year Troop Greetings will be available to the top operator’s digital-cable customers through the “get local” category of its on demand service through the end of January.
Online greetings will also be accessible through Comcast’s Internet portal, www.comcast.com, starting Dec. 23.
Starting Dec. 23, most of the holiday Troop Greetings will be available for online streaming at www.comcast.com/TroopGreetings.
Hundreds of videotapes from Army/Air Force Hometown News Service were secured and edited into short video greetings for viewers and high-speed Internet customers. Each message includes the service member’s name and hometown, and some messages include the serviceperson’s family. Featured messages are from military personnel and civilian staff stationed around the world at bases in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Japan, Alaska, Korea and other remote locations, as well as those serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
More than 1,000 messages are available to millions of customers throughout Comcast service areas in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.
In some areas, Comcast will provide complimentary digital service upgrades through the duration of the on-demand initiative for families of service personnel seen in this year’s greetings who are Comcast standard-cable subscribers.
Additionally, the general public can view greetings at most Comcast service centers.