Flush with success at its winning bid for AT&T Broadband, albeit with the cloud of Northeast network migration problems, Comcast Cable Communications was getting back to other business.
The company inked a deal to distribute The Outdoor Channel Inc. content on its cable TV systems, and President Brian L. Roberts touted its year-end subscriber numbers in a Salomon Smith Barney presentation.
The company added more than 1.28 million new RGUs last year, about 30 percent more than the year before. It finished the year with 3.28 million customers, including more than 2.34 million Comcast Digital Cable subscribers and 948,000 high-speed Internet users. The company also finished the year with 8.47 million basic cable customers, and 3 million VOD-ready homes, which exceeded the 2 million it had expected.
More information on the presentation at Salomon Smith Barney's Annual Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., was not available by CEDaily's deadline.
Separately, The Outdoor Channel Inc. says it signed an agreement with Comcast that covers analog and digital distribution of its programming on Comcast's cable systems.
Comcast actually launched the channel in its Little Rock system in November, while the details were being finalized, says The Outdoor Channel spokeswoman Amy Hendrickson. No other systems are immediately planned. "It's an ongoing process," she says.
Comcast's acquisitions of other cable systems, however, include the channel. The Little Rock one is the first negotiated under this deal.
Hendrickson would not comment on financial terms, "except to say they are important clients," particularly given the proposed AT&T BB buy. "They are the last major MSO we didn't have an agreement with," she adds.