World Wrestling Entertainment and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, today announced that they will launch WWE's subscription video on demand service, WWE 24/7 OnDemand, this summer. The new SVOD service will be available to nearly 10 million Comcast digital cable customers with video on demand across the country.
This strategic agreement paves the way for WWE 24/7 OnDemand to be available to millions of WWE fans nationwide, and establishes this service at the forefront of digital television products in the subscription and VOD categories. Comcast's footprint adds coverage in 22 of the top 25 U.S. markets, including several areas where WWE pay-per-view and live events have historically performed extremely well.
"With this agreement, WWE 24/7 OnDemand is now firmly established in the on-demand platform across the United States," said Peter Clifford, Vice President, WWE® Distribution and Affiliate Marketing. "We're excited to be a part of the Comcast ON DEMAND line-up, and look forward to some incredible marketing and promotional opportunities for our fans in Comcast markets throughout the next several months."
"WWE 24/7 is perfect for SVOD because it's non-linear content that you can't find anywhere else, it has an incredibly dedicated fan base, and the WWE has proven expertise in delivering a targeted marketing message to these fans," said Matt Strauss, Vice President of Content Acquisitions for Comcast. "We are very excited to be teaming up with WWE and adding this great new content to the thousands of on-demand programs we offer our customers every month."
WWE 24/7 On Demand delivers all the best wrestling - all day, every day - from the world's largest professional wrestling video library. Favorite superstars of yesterday and today -- like Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, The Rock and Triple H -- are all available on demand as well as:
- Classic matches and Championship bouts, many of which have been available only on Pay Per View until now
- Superstars of the WWE, NWA, WCW, ECW and more
- New, original specials and shows
In addition to Comcast, WWE 24/7 On Demand is distributed by Cox Communications, Insight, Rogers Communications and RCN. WWE also recently announced that WrestleMania 23 will be held in Detroit, Mich., on April 1, 2007, one of Comcast's key markets.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.4 million cable customers, 9.0 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.5 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, OLN, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. The Company 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. Comcast Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock trade on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. WWE 24/7 is a subscription video on demand service being made available through Cable, Telephony and Satellite television providers, and leveraging WWE's 75,000-hour library, the largest of its kind in the world, featuring the leading wrestling and other sports entertainment brands and programming.
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