Monday, November 7, 2005

Comcast Reaches VOD Deal with CBS

Comcast reached a deal with CBS under which four of the broadcaster's leading prime-time entertainment series will be available via VOD. Beginning in January, Comcast Digital Cable customers in markets served by CBS owned-and-operated television stations (including the top 7 US markets) will be able to view episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Survivor and The Amazing Race on Comcast's ON DEMAND service. The on-demand programs will be available as early as midnight following their broadcast on the CBS television network. Each episode will cost 99 cents, and customers will be able to view the episodes anytime they want for up to 24 hours from the time they order them. Certain Comcast systems also may make CSI and NCIS available ON DEMAND in high-definition for customers with HD-enabled Comcast digital cable set-top boxes.


The companies said their announcement marks a new phase for video on demand and further emphasizes the changing landscape of providing prime-time content to viewers whenever they choose.


CBS, in partnership with Comcast, is the first broadcast network to offer its most coveted primetime programming through VOD with a cable provider.


"Video on demand has fundamentally changed the way people watch TV, and now for the first time the most popular prime-time CBS programming will be available to our customers," said Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. "CBS has taken a giant step forward in experimenting with prime- time video on demand. Comcast's ON DEMAND service has been tremendously successful, with more than one billion program views so far this year."


Comcast's ON DEMAND service offers a growing library of more than 3,800 programs. Nearly 95% of ON DEMAND programs are available at no additional charge.
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