Comcast Taking Proposals for Hispanic Nets

Part of Conditions of NBC Universal Merger

Comcast is accepting proposals for two Hispanic-American owned, independent, English-language networks that will be launched in select Comcast markets in January 2017.

The networks are part of the conditions of its 2011 merger with NBC Universal, where Comcast committed to launch 10 independently owned and operated networks. Of those networks, all of which are to be launched by 2019, four would be majority African-American owned, two will be operated by Hispanic-American programmers, two will be substantially Hispanic-American owned and two will be independent. So far, Comcast has launched five of those networks: the African-American owned Revolt TV and Aspire; El Rey, headed by Hispanic-American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez; BabyFirst Americas, from Spanish-language television veteran Constantino "Said" Schwarz  and BBC World News.

"We are committed to delivering programming that reflects the interests of our customers and are eager to review many innovative network proposals with the potential to bring new and exciting content to our customers," said Comcast executive vice president, content acquisition Greg Rigdon in a statement.

Criteria for selecting the next two substantially Hispanic American owned networks that Comcast will launch include: the content of the network; whether the network is fully financed; whether the network's ownership and/or management group(s) are well established, have relevant experience, and are substantially owned by Hispanic Americans; whether the network is already launched and has existing MVPD distribution; price; and whether the network and its potential carriage provide value to Comcast and its customers. Comcast will accept proposals for every major genre, including general entertainment, movies, music, kids, news, and sports.

Applicants may visit to submit a proposal and learn about the terms and conditions. Proposals are due by Oct. 9, 2015, and Comcast said the two networks will be selected in the coming months.