LOS ANGELES and PHILADELPHIA, June 11, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Entertainment Studios Networks and Comcast today announced that they have entered into a content distribution agreement that extends and modifies the terms of The Weather Channel and 14 broadcast television stations. The agreement also includes the distribution of Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV on X1 and the rights to video on demand and television everywhere for these networks. Comcast will also launch the free ad-supported digital app, Local NOW, on the Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms, and Xfinity customers who receive The Weather Channel will have access to its website and app in the coming months. weloveweather.tv on an authenticated basis. .
“We are delighted to begin a new phase of partnership with Comcast and Xfinity, including the distribution of our cable channels for the first time on Xfinity platforms,” said Byron Allen, Founder, CEO, Entertainment Studios / Allen Media Group.
“We are delighted to have entered into this multi-faceted agreement which continues our long relationship with The Weather Channel while providing Xfinity customers with additional content. We look forward to an ongoing partnership,” said Beak pile, senior vice president, video and entertainment, Comcast Cable.
The companies also announced that the ongoing litigation between the two organizations has been withdrawn. Additionally, the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
About Entertainment Studios Networks
President and CEO Byron Allen based Entertainment studios in 1993. Based in Los Angeles, she has offices in new York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Raleigh. Entertainment studios owns 15 television channels affiliated with the American Big-Four network and nine 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV , ES.TV, MYDESTINATION .TV and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. Entertainment Studios will add its tenth network, THE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPANOL in 2020. Entertainment Studios also owns the LOCAL NOW AVOD streaming service, powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, which provides hyper-local information in real time. , weather, traffic, sports and lifestyle information. Entertainment studios also produces, distributes and sells advertising for 64 television shows, making it one of the largest independent producers / distributors of first-run syndicated television shows for television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of content across multiple genres, Entertainment studios delivers video content to television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms and the World Wide Web. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users and Fortune 500 advertising partners. For more information, visit: www.entertainmentstudios.com
Entertainment Studios Movies is a full-service motion picture distribution company specializing in mass market commercial content. ESMP released the highest-grossing independent film of 2017, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which brought in more than $ 44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Western. HOSTILES, the historical mystery thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the rest of 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN: NO CAGE.
The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Movies, Freestyle digital media, is a leading multiplatform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, a proven track record and a seasoned sales team, Freestyle digital media is a real hotbed for independent films.
In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased The Grio, a video-centric digital news community platform dedicated to providing African Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently under-represented in existing national media. The Grio offers aggregated and original video packages, news articles and opinion pieces on topics such as breaking news, politics, health, business and entertainment. Originally launched in 2009, the platform was later purchased by NBC News in 2010. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has over 20 million annual visitors.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three main businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of United States’ the largest providers of broadband Internet, video and telephony to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless, security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates cable news, entertainment and sports networks, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Heaven is one of Europe leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a wide range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed Internet services, telephone services and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content and owns exclusive rights to the content. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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