Comcast Speeds NE VOD Rollout


Comcast Corp. is speeding up its video-on-demand rollout in New England,
starting with the debut of the service in Massachusetts Thursday.

The rollout brings VOD service to digital-cable customers in eastern
Massachusetts communities including Foxboro, Malden, Melrose and Taunton.

Starting in July, Comcast will make "On Demand" available to about 200,000
additional digital customers each month, and by the end of the year, the service
will be made available to 2 million New England customers. That's a full year
ahead of schedule, according to the Philadelphia-based MSO.

On Demand offers movies and cable programming that can be paused,
fast-forwarded, rewound and stored for up to 24 hours for viewing.

Digital-cable customers can choose from 600 free programs supplied by A&E
Television Networks, Comedy Central, Home & Garden Television, The Golf
Channel and Cable News Network, plus a selection of more than 140 movies for a
per-view fee.

Showtime and The Movie Channel customers can also access titles from the two
premium channels at no extra charge.