Comcast and C-SPAN Partner to Provide Key Republican Convention Speeches and Presidential Debate Coverage On Demand
Comcast and C-SPAN announced today that approximately 20 major speeches from the Republican National Convention as well as the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates carried by C-SPAN will be made available to viewers on Comcast On Demand, Comcast's Video on Demand (VOD) service.
"We are partnering with C-SPAN to give our customers a revolutionary way to tune in to the important issues before voters in the 2004 presidential election," said Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David L. Cohen. "Our Video on Demand service lets viewers watch major convention speeches and the national debates if they missed them live, or if they want to view them at their convenience. Adding timely C-SPAN content to our VOD service is our latest effort to maximize the value of our products for our customers. Our viewers are able to see the full story behind the news of the day at a time when other news organizations are scaling back on their convention coverage."
"C-SPAN is pleased to partner with Comcast to provide viewers with on- demand access to the major speeches from this year's conventions as well as our coverage of the Presidential debates," said C-SPAN Executive Vice President Rob Kennedy. "By giving viewers these resources, we're taking advantage of new cable technology to provide a valuable service to the nation."
Major convention addresses and the debates will be provided to Comcast Digital Cable customers in markets where VOD is available the day after each speech or debate, and each day's coverage will be accessible for a two-week period following the date of their delivery. Comcast and C-SPAN provided a similar array of speeches on VOD from the Democratic convention. VOD is available to nearly 60% of Comcast's 8 million digital cable customers, and is included at no additional charge. This service offers consumers an extensive, diverse and growing library of content with the ability to fast-forward, rewind, pause, stop and restart. Comcast's VOD library includes approximately 1,800 movies and programs from leading news, entertainment, sports and children's networks like NBC, CNN, PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, HGTV and E! Comcast also recently signed an agreement that makes convention coverage and other news from ABC News available to Comcast's 6 million high-speed Internet customers at no additional cost.
About Comcast Cable
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), a developer, manager and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of programming content. With a presence in 22 of the top 25 United States markets, Comcast is one of the leading communications, media and entertainment companies in the world. Providing basic cable, Digital Cable, high-speed Internet and telephone services, Comcast is the company to look to first for the communications products and services that connect people to what's important in their lives. The company's 59,000 employees serve more than 21 million customers.
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America's cable companies as a public service. Based in Washington, D.C., C-SPAN - the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network - now offers three television networks, a nationally available satellite radio station and six web sites. C-SPAN is currently available in 88 million households, C-SPAN2 in 74 million households, and C-SPAN3 in 8 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit C-SPAN.org.