2013 January

COMCAST’S XFINITY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTION AND ONLINE DESTINATION

 Introduces First-Of-Its Kind Internet Destination for African American Entertainment, Content, Features and News at Xfinity.Com/Celebrateblacktv 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 31, 2013Comcast, a global media and technology company, today announced Xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv, a new premier Internet destination site that brings together a wealth of black entertainment content available from a variety of sources in one, easy to navigate location. In addition, starting February 1st, Xfinity customers will gain access to special programming celebrating Black History Month available across Xfinity platforms — TV, On Demand, online and on mobile devices — recognizing the many contributions of the African-American culture and community to the US and the world.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Black History Month this year by sharing with our customers the rich culture and contributions of the African American community,” said Ruben Mendiola, vice president and general manager of Multicultural Video Services. “We invite all Xfinity customers to join in the celebration On Demand throughout the month of February and visit our new online destination at xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv.”

Xfinity.com/celebrateblacktv features award-winning movies, TV shows, videos, celebrity interviews, groundbreaking and upcoming actors and directors, behind-the-scenes footage, plus, the latest in entertainment news.  Xfinity subscribers will have access to exclusive content on Xfinity On Demand and other services, while non-subscribers will also have the opportunity to explore a range of entertainment options.

Xfinity’s Black History Month programming includes films documentaries, biographies, sports and specials featuring African American entertainers, artists and historical leaders that have contributed to the news, music and history of this country and the world. Highlights include biographies of President Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, Bill Cosby, Boyz II Men, Gary Coleman, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Richard Pryor, The Jackson 5, Tina Turner, Tyler Perry and Whitney Houston from the BIO channel; sports specials from ESPN; music videos from Music Choice and FUSE; Black History specials from the History Channel, Lifetime, Shalom TV and TV One and feature films from A&E and iN Demand including:

  • Ali
  • Amistad
  • Bird: Charlie Parker
  • Betty & Corretta
  • The Express
  • Freedomland
  • Good Hair
  • Invictus
  • The Lena Baker Story
  • Malcolm X (1972) & Malcolm X (1992)

 

  • Trapped in the Game
  • Somewhere in Africa
  • Tobi
  • Unwanted Guest
  • Dangerous Men
  • Bursting Out
  • Married but Living Single
  • Why Marry
  • Mind Game
  • The Game

 

This February also marks the third year of Xfinity’s Black Cinema On Demand, a year-round offering that features themed movie collections that highlight African-American films, filmmakers and actors.

Comcast has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion since its founding nearly 50 years ago and focuses its efforts in five key areas: diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a multicultural workforce, developing a diverse supplier base, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming, and community investment in national, regional and local diverse organizations.

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Media Contacts:

Jorge Alberni
Comcast
[email protected]
646-234-1617

 

Cable – It’s More Than TV – It’s How we Connect

Cable has come a long way.  While still offering consumers the finest video service in the nation, it has become more than TV.  It’s how we connect; opening the window on a world of possibilities that are integral, valuable and a fun part of our daily lives.

PUC Scope of Competition Report – Number of Broadband Subscribers in Texas Has Increased 233%

Every two years, the Public Utility Commission of Texas reports to the Legislature on the competitive landscape in the telecommunications market in Texas. Of note in the most recent report (released in January 2013):

  • The number of counties with at least two video providers has increased from 52 counties in 2008 to 114 counties in 2012.
  • Number of broadband subscribers in Texas increased 233 percent from 2005-2011.
  • In June 2011, Texas ranked second in the nation with respect to the number of high-speed lines.
  • Number of broadband subscribers has grown from 1 million in June 2002, to more than 17.4 million as of June 2011.
  • Mobile wireless broadband subscribership has grown from 2.5 million connections in 2008 to 11.3 million connections in 2011 – a 351% increase in just three years.
  • There are NO counties in Texas where broadband service is unavailable or served only by a single provider.
  • In 2009, there were 19 counties in Texas that had more than 24 broadband providers. By 2011, the number had increased to 29.

Download the PUC Scope of Competition Report to the 83rd Texas Legislature here

Save the Date! Cable Day 2013

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, cable company employees and programmers will be in Austin to showcase the latest cable technologies and to educate legislators about issues of importance to the industry.