Comcast to Carry NBCU Shows On-Demand

Mar 30, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal and Comcast Corp. announced Thursday they have reached an agreement under which NBCU will make several broadcast and cable series available on Comcast’s video-on-demand service.

Comcast digital cable subscribers will be able to access several prime-time series on NBC, as well as shows from Bravo, Sci Fi and USA Network. Shows to be available on the service include NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Office” and “Las Vegas.” Also included are cable series “Monk,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” as well as late-night programs “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” The daytime soap “Passions” is available, too.

Scheduled to launch in May, the NBCU-Comcast deal calls for prime-time broadcast shows to be available starting at midnight the night they originally air. They will cost 99 cents. Late-night and daytime fare will be available at no charge. The series from NBCU’s cable channels will become available on the VOD service later this year, also free of charge.

This is the second VOD deal of this kind for both NBCU and Comcast, and it comes at a time when broadcast networks, along with satellite and cable operators, are looking for ways to distribute TV shows through a broader number of channels.

Last November, Comcast inked a pact with CBS Corp. to offer several popular series, including “CSI,” on the cable giant’s VOD service. The same day, NBCU reached an agreement with satellite operator DirecTV Group to offer several prime-time series on-demand for 99 cents.