Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced that Fancast (www.fancast.com) will have access to an expanded library of full length programming from MTV Networks (MTVN) and BET Networks (BETN), including episodes of COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report." Fancast will also stream exclusive MTVN and BETN stunts monthly, including content like advance looks at the series premiere of VH1's "Brooke Hogan Knows Best" and Nickelodeon's new "The Naked Brothers Band" TV movie titled, "Polar Bears."
The new agreement expands on the existing deal, announced in January, under which MTVN and BETN provide Fancast with more than 50 hours of full length episodes and 150 short form clips each month from their brands, which include MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and BET. As part of the agreement, Comcast's video on demand customers will receive more high and standard definition content from MTVN and BETN.
Comcast plans to launch MTVN and BETN's linear high definition services by year's end. In addition, Comcast continues to increase distribution of MTV Hits, MTV Jams and MTV Tr3s.
"MTV Networks and BET Networks' audiences are more engaged and invested in our brands than ever, and Fancast gives them yet another touchpoint to access our hit programming online," said Denise Dahldorf, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution and Marketing, MTVN and BETN. "Comcast continues to be a fantastic partner for us, and we're excited to extend the reach of our brands while putting their power behind Fancast."
"Between Fancast and Comcast's VOD, we're focusing on creating the best and broadest on demand experience for our customers. We are pleased to be working with partners like Viacom to deliver consumers more content where and when they want to watch it," said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President of Content Acquisition for Comcast Cable.
Fancast.com, Comcast Interactive Media's online entertainment destination, enables users to find, manage, and watch entertainment content on demand wherever it is available - on Fancast, on television, on VOD, online or in theaters. On the site viewers can watch free full length TV shows and movies from top networks and over 100 video content providers like MTVN and BETN. Along with broadcast content, Fancast will feature post-shows, casting specials, cast profiles and sneak peeks from the networks.
Fancast (www.fancast.com), created by Comcast Interactive Media, is the first online destination that enables users to find, manage and watch entertainment content on demand wherever it is available - on Fancast, on television, on demand, online or in theaters. On Fancast, users can view an expanding free library of full episodes and clips from over 100 providers including movie partners and many top networks like CBS, NBC and Fox, find the content they are looking for across multiple platforms and create a personalized entertainment experience. Fancast features like the "Watch It" tool make it easy to access content wherever it lives while "Six Degrees" helps them explore the connections between TV shows, movies, cast and crew. Later this year, Fancast will enable users to set their DVR from their computer, receive email reminders about what they should tune-in to based on previous preferences and set designated "Watch Lists" of their favorite shows.
About Comcast Interactive Media
Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), develops and operates Internet businesses focused on entertainment, information and communication, including Comcast.net. CIM's products include Fandango.com, a top movie and entertainment destination, selling movie tickets at over 15,000 screens; Fancast.com, a national online entertainment site; Ziddio.com, a national multi-platform user-generated site; GameInvasion.net, a national online site offering for hardcore gaming enthusiasts; and thePlatform, the industry-leading provider of digital media publishing solutions over broadband and wireless networks.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high-speed Internet customers, and 5.2 million 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 business. 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.
Viacom, consisting of BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, is the world's leading entertainment content company. It engages audiences on television, motion picture and digital platforms through many of the world's best known entertainment brands, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nick at Nite, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, AtomFilms, Gametrailers, BET, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Vantage. Viacom's global reach includes approximately 160 channels and 325 online properties in 160 countries and territories.
For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.