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February 02, 2011

Comcast Customers can Now Access Shows and Movies from Turner Networks

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast Corporation, a provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, and Time Warner, a dealer in media and entertainment, signed a long-term agreement that enables Comcast (News - Alert) digital cable customers to access top-rated TV shows and movies from Turner Broadcasting System Networks, a press release revealed.

TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim are some of the popular TV channels from Turner Networks that will now be accessible to Comcast customers.

The content will appear shortly after initial airing at no additional cost to Comcast’s customers on XfinityTV, Comcast’s On- Demand service, applicable Turner Websites, Xfinity, and Turner branded iPad, iPhone and Android (News - Alert)-based tablet and phone applications.

The agreement is viewed as a major step in the TV Everywhere strategy supported by Comcast, Time Warner and other major content and distribution companies.

Comcast asserted that it launched its Xfinity service as part of its business strategy to satisfy cable-TV or Internet customers who would like to view more news and entertainment online. It recently rolled out its new wireless data services too.

At present Comcast is in talks with Turner to bring even more content to its customers, and is even planning an authenticated live streaming of Turner networks through both Comcast, and Turner websites and applications.

Time Warner (News - Alert) stated that when the TV Everywhere initiative with Comcast was first announced, it was an untested idea facing technical doubts and competitive pressure but already more than 50 million consumers that can experience some form of it from a wide range of content providers and distributors. The new agreement between Comcast and Turner, along with Time Warner’s own deal between HBO and Comcast, strengthens the ‘TV Everywhere’ effort they undertook. It drives the concept of giving consumers more access to quality on-demand content on any device they choose.

“This multi-year agreement with Time Warner is a significant next step in our vision to deliver more content to our customers on any device, at anytime and anywhere,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver hundreds of hours of Turner shows and movies to our customers across multiple devices.”

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein