Fall is synonymous with shorter days, leaves changing color, the start of football and, for many, the return of favorite TV shows and excitement of new fall premieres. This year is no exception, but thanks to new tools, technologies and partnerships, people can enjoy all their favorite shows however, wherever and whenever they want. Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, offers the following tips for new ways to learn about and enjoy the best of fall TV fare.
Sneak Peek - Can't wait for your favorite show to debut? The waiting is over, as Comcast makes previews, past seasons and even new fall premieres available through its signature On Demand service. Previews and trailers from popular networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are available now and, for the first time, NBC will be premiering the first episodes of five fall TV shows one week before they air on linear TV.
Check the DVR - Millions of Americans no longer even know what day or time their favorite shows are on - they simply set the DVR at the beginning of a season and then watch shows at their convenience. But remember to check your DVR and reset reminders to record older shows that might have switched time slots, and new shows you want to try. Also, remember to check available DVR storage space and to erase older shows you've watched and no longer want saved so there's plenty of room to record this season's hottest HD picks.
Watch it. Find it. Manage it. - Fancast is the online destination to watch, find and manage entertainment content wherever it is available - on Fancast, on television, online, on DVD or in theaters. This fall, Fancast is bringing the best premieres from top networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and The WB to fans, along with more than 5,600 free full-length classic and current TV episodes. On Fancast, users can find the content they are looking for across multiple platforms and can create a personalized entertainment experience. Want to watch a previous episode of a favorite series? Need a little down time but not sure what's on? Ready to indulge that guilty gossip pleasure to find out the latest on a favorite actor or what show he first appeared on? It's all at www.fancast.com - along with much, much more.
Water Cooler Catch-up - Ever feel like you're the only person who missed the first season of "Mad Men" or has never seen "Dexter?" It's easy to catch up before the new season begins. Whether you prefer to watch online or On Demand, Comcast has past seasons of hundreds of popular shows available to watch any time, day or night, most at no additional charge for Digital Cable customers.
Fall in Love with High Def - Comcast offers more than 500 reasons to fall in love with high definition, and will provide more than 1,000 HD choices by the end of 2008. The company recently added more than 150 hours of additional HD programming from top-premium providers like Showtime, Starz, Encore and MoviePlex, making fall specials and TV series' come alive with the superior picture and sound that only HD provides. Beginning next year, Comcast will also expand its On Demand library to include more than 6,000 movies a month, with more than 3,000 available in HD.
Fall Kick-off - Comcast is the place to turn for all things sports, from high school football games to college athletics, pro teams, commentary, news, analysis and more. Can't decide which game to watch? Comcast DVRs let you record up to two games while watching a third. Got home too late to catch kick-off? DVRs allow you to rewind or pause live action to watch when you're ready and without interruptions. Can't get enough college football on Saturday? Catch behind-the-scenes exclusives On Demand. Feel the need to watch several games at the same time? Tune to Comcast Central to catch multiple sports networks at once. From Comcast SportsNet to Local Video on Demand and dozens of HD and SD choices, when it comes to sports, Comcast has you covered.
From Living Room to Bedroom… or Any Room - Kids up past their bedtime watching an On Demand movie? Need to start making dinner before a special is over? Comcast's newest offering, AnyRoom On Demand, will allow customers to start an On Demand show in one room and finish it in any other room with a Digital Cable box. Customers with On Demand do not need to make any changes or add equipment to take advantage of the AnyRoom feature - it's available now in many markets and is completely free of charge.
Plan Ahead - Comcast's TV Planner makes it easy to see what's on and when, so you can plan ahead or check last minute to instantly see upcoming programming schedules for favorite networks and shows. TV Planner is available on Comcast.net and lets users Browse and Search TV options by genre, HD listings, On Demand titles and much more.
The clocks might "fall behind" this fall, but Comcast customers can get ahead of all the latest and greatest fall entertainment options. For more information on Comcast's products and services, consumers can call 1-800-Comcast or visit us online anytime at www.comcast.com.
Note: Some offerings and availability can vary by market - please check with your local PR contact for more specific information.
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 24.6 million cable customers, 14.4 million high-speed Internet customers, and 5.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks 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.