Showtime Networks Reaches Long-Term Affiliation Deal With Comcast Cable
Showtime Networks Inc., an award-winning and critically-acclaimed premium television programmer, and Comcast the country's leading cable and broadband communications provider, are pleased to announce that the two companies have signed a new comprehensive affiliation agreement. Through this agreement, Showtime Networks Inc. services will be available to Comcast's more than 21 million cable customers throughout the nation.
The agreement covers SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL, FLIX, SHOWTIME HDTV and the company's numerous multiplex channels. Additionally, it covers the launch, distribution and marketing of Showtime Networks' subscription video on demand services SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND.
"We are delighted to have reached this affiliation deal with Comcast," stated Showtime Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank. "They are an innovative company with strong leadership and expertise in marketing and distributing their services. Comcast understands the value of providing Showtime Networks' compelling product to their customers and we look forward to continuing a long and mutually beneficial relationship."
"We're pleased to have reached this agreement with such an outstanding programming partner as Showtime Networks," said Brian Roberts of Comcast. "This is truly a win-win situation complementing our commitment to offer customers the best value in home entertainment and offering them a wide range of ways to enjoy award-winning Showtime Networks programming on Comcast -- from traditional cable service to exciting services like subscription video on demand and HDTV."
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 and high-speed Internet services, Comcast Cable 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.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME® TOO™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE® and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HDTV®, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™. SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL®, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal Studios. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME® PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME EXTREME® is available in Spain through a joint venture with Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.