Smithsonian Channel Bows In DC Home Base On Comcast


Comcast has begun rolling out Smithsonian Channel in the nation's capital.

The top U.S. distributor and Smithsonian Networks said the network is being launched to Comcast digital customers in Washington D.C. on channel 194.

The network, featuring programming created around the assets found in the world's largest museum complex, which is based in Washington, will continue its roll out to customers in the D.C. DMA through 2011.

"An important part of our venture is to further the Smithsonian Institution's mission, which includes the increase and diffusion of knowledge," said Tom Hayden, executive vice president and general manager, Smithsonian Networks, in statement.  "Being launched by Comcast is a big step in our plan towards furthering that commitment of delivering cultural, historical, scientific and educational programming."

"Comcast is dedicated to offering information and entertainment options that reflect the diverse interests of our customers and we are pleased to be launching the Smithsonian Channel to our customers in Washington, D.C.," noted Paul Chiamulera, regional vice president of marketing for Comcast.

A joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Channel is also available to customers of DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, among others.