Comcast And Home Box Office Extend HBO And Cinemax Distribution Agreement
Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY
Comcast, the country's leading cable and broadband communications provider, and Home Box Office, the largest and most successful premium television company in the U.S., today announced that they have extended their carriage agreement for the company's two pay TV services, HBO and Cinemax. In addition to the core HBO and Cinemax channels, the long-term agreement includes the distribution of the subscription video on demand (SVOD) services HBO on Demand and Cinemax on Demand as well as high definition feeds of HBO HD and Cinemax HD. Additional terms of the agreement were not announced.
Comcast will make HBO on Demand and Cinemax on Demand available in areas where its ON DEMAND service is available and in new ON DEMAND markets as they are launched. HBO HD, a mirror of HBO's main feed with 75 percent of the network's programming in true high definition, is currently available in more than 20 markets where Comcast offers its HDTV service. HBO HD and Cinemax HD, which is scheduled for launch this fall, will continue to be rolled out to customers as the service becomes available in additional markets. The subscription video on demand and HD services will be available at no additional monthly charge to Comcast Digital Cable customers with a subscription to HBO or Cinemax, respectively.
About Home Box Office
Home Box Office, Inc., is the premium television programming subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services, HBO and Cinemax. Together, both networks reach approximately 39 million subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 50 countries around the globe.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation, a developer, manager and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of programming content. Operating in 17 of the United States' 20 largest metropolitan areas, 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 55,000 employees, in six divisions, serve more than 21 million customers.