PHILADELPHIA--()--Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that On Demand customers can enjoy more new Hollywood hits the same day they are released on DVD this month – all in high-definition. Comcast also announced that several studios will extend their availability of movies from one day to two days at no additional charge, giving consumers more time to enjoy films.
“We led this collaborative effort on behalf of the industry, and it now has significant momentum as a true win-win for MSOs and studios.”
“Our customers get tons of new release movies the moment they’re available on DVD at the push of a button – with no trip to the store and no waiting for it in the mail – and now for double the viewing period,” said Derek Harrar, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Services for Comcast. “We led this collaborative effort on behalf of the industry, and it now has significant momentum as a true win-win for MSOs and studios.”
Comcast has released more than half of its new movies the same day as DVD this year through partnerships with major studios including Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, Summit and MGM. Recently, the company saw its biggest On Demand movie opening with Twilight On Demand the same day the DVD debuted. This effort to release more day-and-date movies is another example of how top content providers are working with Comcast to leverage popular technologies and expand the availability of programming to consumers. Also, new this month, working with several studios, Comcast will offer more value through extended viewing windows from Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, with titles from The Walt Disney Studios and Summit to follow in July.
Comcast’s same day as DVD releases this month include He’s Just Not that Into You (6/2), Gran Torino (6/9), The Cell 2 (6/16), Friday the 13th (6/16) and Inkheart (6/23) – with all HD films available for 48-hour viewing. 12 Rounds (6/30) and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (6/30) will also be available same day and in HD. My Bloody Valentine available in 3D and HD, Razortooth, New in Town, Octane and Kaidan will be available for a two-day viewing period. Other blockbusters in June include Valkyrie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Last Chance Harvey – all available in HD.
This initiative is part of Project Infinity, the company’s commitment to innovation and the delivery of exponentially more quality content choice on TV, including more HD. Comcast’s signature On Demand program library currently offers more than 10,000 entertainment programs each month, including more than 1,000 choices in HD available at any time. With more than 11 billion views to date, Comcast’s extensive On Demand library features everything from movies, music and top TV shows to the most popular kids, sports, lifestyle and local programs available anytime, anywhere and with the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward selections. Comcast customers now are selecting On Demand more than 300 million times every month.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.8 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.