NBC Universal Television Networks Distribution
NBC Universal Television Networks Distribution drives the company’s cable strategic development and growth including video-on-demand, pay-per-view, HDTV, TV EST (electronic sell-through), TV Wireless distribution and retransmission consent, and oversees the cable distribution, marketing and local ad sales of sixteen properties (Bravo, Chiller, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Weather Plus, Oxygen, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Sleuth, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, Universal HD, USA and the Olympics on cable).
Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, entertainment and pop culture with original programming, acclaimed drama series, movies, comedy and music specials, and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 83 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process, and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed original programming includes the Emmy winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, 12-time Emmy nominated Inside the Actors Studio, and the four-time Emmy nominated Project Runway, along with The Real Housewives of Orange County, Top Chef and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. Visit www.bravotv.com for more information.
Chiller is an entertainment cable channel dedicated to the popular horror genre – around the clock. Chiller features exclusive horror and thriller programming from favorite mainstream series like Millennium and Profit, to fan-favorite series like Tales From the Crypt and Alfred Hitchcock Presents to classic horror films like Carrie, Psycho and The Exorcist. Chiller offers a digital triple-pack service, which features a standard definition digital channel (SD), high definition simulcast (HD) and a video-on-demand (VOD) channel offered as a digital bundle. The VOD and HD offerings will be available in 2008. To learn more, visit www.chillertv.com.
CNBC is the recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 400 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. The network’s Business Day programming (weekdays 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and also includes reports from CNBC news bureaus worldwide. Additionally, CNBC viewers can manage their individual investment portfolios and gain additional in-depth information from on-air reports by accessing www.cnbc.com.
CNBC World is a 24-hour digital network offering live, global financial market information and programming. CNBC World leverages the resources of CNBC business news from Asia and Europe and creates a round-the-clock global business news network. CNBC World provides in-depth market coverage from around the world, major industry news conferences, analyst calls and presentations, and one-on-one interviews with business leaders. CNBC World is available in 25 million homes across the United States via cable and satellite.
ION Media Networks
NBC Universal has an interest in ION Media Networks. The largest broadcast television station group in the country, ION owns and operates 60 broadcast television stations, reaching approximately 91 million homes, or 83% of primetime television households in the U.S.
Built on the worldwide resources of NBC, MSNBC defines news for the next generation with world class reporting and a full schedule of live news coverage, political analysis and award-winning documentary programming – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The network delivers breaking news and in-depth coverage to 91.6 million households on cable and up to 20 million unique users each month on the Internet. MSNBC's home on the Internet is www.msnbc.com, which boasts state-of-the-art technology of Microsoft and the first-rate reporting of NBC News. MSNBC premiered in July 1996 to 22 million subscribers, the biggest subscriber base ever for a new cable service.
mun2 is the preeminent voice for Latino youth in America. Launched in 2001, mun2 was the first national cable network to offer bilingual programming for young U.S. Latinos. mun2 is a multiplatform youth entertainment network that offers authentic content that reflects the lifestyle of the fastest-growing segment of the Hispanic population with original, relevant and cutting-edge programs in proven genres including music, movies, sports, fashion, and social activism. The network, which reflects emerging trends in all areas of pop and youth culture that are endorsed by its bicultural audience, is available nationwide on digital and analog cable, satellite and free television. mun2 is distributed to over 17 million U.S. TV households and is the first-ever Latino youth-oriented cable network to have full subscription to the Nielsen Hispanic Household Index measurement service. The network’s fully interactive site, http://holamun2.com/, is a portal for bicultural youth and features exclusive interviews, original videos, entertainment news, interaction with other mun2 fans and ways to vote for what's next on mun2.
Oxygen is currently available in over 73 million homes. The network was launched in 2000 to fill a void in the television landscape -- creating a network targeted to younger women. Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's television, with a vast array of unconventional and original programming including The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, The Bad Girls Club, and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
SCI FI Channel
SCI FI Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site, www.scifi.com, and in-depth magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 84 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a powerhouse in original dramatic series with its Friday night block of originals, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and the Peabody Award-winning program from NBC Universal Television Studios, Battlestar Galactica. Additionally, the channel is known for Emmy Award-winning miniseries and an eclectic slate of “alternative reality” programs such as Ghost Hunters.
Sleuth, a digital suite of networks, is the premier entertainment cable channel dedicated to the popular crime/mystery/suspense genre. Launched in first quarter 2006, Sleuth features exclusive crime and mystery programming from NBC Universal’s extensive collection of feature films, classic television shows, reality series, and documentaries, from Miami Vice and Homicide to Scarface and Casino. The unique Sleuth digital suite will include video on demand (VOD) content and a high-definition (HD) simulcast. To uncover more, visit www.sleuthchannel.com.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture of NBC Universal, Showtime Networks Inc. and Robert Redford. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. Sundance Channel’s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.
Telemundo Puerto Rico
Telemundo Puerto Rico is a Spanish-language cable network available in the U.S. via cable and satellite. Launched in first quarter 2005 and currently seen in more than 1.3 million homes, culturally relevant programming includes live news, talk shows, films, series, and sports produced for Puerto Ricans and Spanish-speaking communities within the U.S.
Universal HD launched in fourth quarter 2004 and is currently available in systems reaching more than 53 million homes in 100% 1080i HD. Universal HD offers the best of NBC Universal’s library in high-definition. Programming includes unedited and uninterrupted films including Backdraft, Carlito’s Way, Apollo 13, and The Fast and the Furious; award-winning series such as Monk, Law & Order: SVU, and Battlestar Galactica; performing arts and special events, Music in High Places, and sports programming including the US Open and the Olympic Games. Visit www.UniversalHD.com for more information.
USA Network leads cable television as the top provider of original series, off-net television shows and blockbuster theatrical films. Seen in more than 94 million U.S. homes, USA was the No. 1 basic cable network in all key demographic categories in 2006 and 2007. The network's schedule is home to multiple hits, including the critically-acclaimed No. 1 new cable series of 2007, Burn Notice, and the No. 1 new cable series of 2006, Psych; the hit series Law & Order: Criminal Intent; and the Emmy Award winning series Monk and The Starter Wife. USA is the exclusive broadcaster of WWE Monday Night Raw, the No. 1 weekly entertainment series in cable television consistently since 1999. In 2008, USA will premiere the newest of its original series, In Plain Sight, and introduce The Starter Wife to the schedule as a weekly series. Visit www.USANetwork.com for more information.
CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia are two regional networks that provide the latest market information, unrivalled coverage of breaking news, in-depth analysis and interviews with business leaders. CNBC Europe reaches approximately 100 million households in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CNBC Asia reaches more than 148 million households in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. NBC Universal Global Networks owns and operates the distinct entertainment channels SCI FI, 13th Street, Studio Universal, and Universal Channel outside of the U.S. Through NBC Universal’s acquisition of Sparrowhawk Media in October 2007, NBC Universal Global Networks added the international (non-U.S.) Hallmark Channels, Movies 24, Diva TV and Sparrowhawk’s interest in the KidsCo joint venture to its portfolio of channel brands. Collectively, these channels reach more than 130 million households across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Latin America and Asia.