Comcast and MTV Networks Announce the Launch of MHD: Music High-Definition
Music fans now have a "front-row seat" in their living rooms to see and hear their favorite musicians like never before with the debut of MHD: Music High-Definition on Comcast's high-definition television (HDTV) lineup. MHD, MTV Networks' high-definition music channel, is launching this month on many Comcast cable systems, giving viewers the opportunity to enjoy a non-stop lineup of HD music programs, as well as the first-ever simulcast of MTV's Video Music Awards in high definition.
MHD: Music High-Definition blends musical programming from MTV, VH1 and CMT, such as MTV Unplugged, VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads, as well as original concert series like Music with Altitude featuring the Goo Goo Dolls. The network covers all genres of music, including rock, country, pop, hip hop, reggae, soul and more - all with crystal-clear picture and sound quality.
"With MHD on Comcast, fans will feel like they're in the concert hall with the artists they love," said Page Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Services for Comcast. "Music programming is a perfect fit for HDTV, and we're excited to expand our service with the addition of MHD, giving our customers even more of the high-definition programming they want to watch."
In addition to MHD's regular lineup of HD music programming, for the first time, MHD viewers will be able to watch an HD simulcast of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), taking place August 31 at Radio City in New York City. The 2006 VMAs will feature a wide range of performers, including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, T.I. and Panic at the Disco!. Comcast customers will be able to experience all of the excitement, glamour and surprises in a whole new way by tuning in to the show on MHD. Also, beginning later this fall, Comcast and MHD will make selected HD music programming available as part of Comcast's signature ON DEMAND video-on-demand service, bringing viewers the convenience of watching their favorite MHD programs any time they want.
"Live concerts and music programming are in the top three' when it comes to what people want from a high-definition channel, and MHD will deliver the biggest artists to Comcast subscribers," said Eric Sherman, Senior Vice President and General Manager for MHD, VH1 Classic and VH1 Digital Television. "We are very excited to launch in anticipation of the first-ever high-definition simulcast of the MTV Video Music Awards and look forward to showcasing all of MTV, VH1 and CMT's tent pole events in the future."
In addition to MHD, Comcast's industry-leading high-definition lineup brings customers an average of 15 or more HD channels, including local affiliates of all major broadcast networks; comprehensive sports coverage with ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, as well as regional sports networks across the country; every available premium HD network, including Starz, HBO, Cinemax and Showtime; and the most popular HD cable networks, including Discovery and TNT.
The debut of MHD complements the extensive music offerings currently available to Comcast Digital Cable customers, including dozens of commercial-free digital music channels; hundreds of music videos, concert performances and karaoke songs available on Comcast's signature ON DEMAND service; and popular music networks like MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, MTV Español, VH1, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, CMT, CMT Pure Country, BET on Jazz and more.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 23.3 million cable customers, 10 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.6 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, OLN, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. 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.
MHD: Music High-Definition, MTV Networks' high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, reggaeton, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from MTV Networks Music Group's MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services including popular series such as MTV Unplugged, MTV2 $2 Bill concerts, VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads, as well as network specials including the MTV Video Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards.