Africa Channel Nets Comcast VOD Deal

Comcast Cable will offer video on demand content from The Africa Channel to its subscribers as part of an expanded partnership deal between the two companies.

The agreement calls for Comcast to add Africa Channel original and acquired content to its Black Film & TV VOD offering, which already offers more than 2,000 hours of programming, said the network.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Comcast and appreciate their commitment to fostering diverse and independent voices on their channel lineup,” said Narendra Reddy, EVP Content & Global Operations, The Africa Channel in a statement.

Added Javier Garcia, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Services at Comcast: “Providing the network’s diverse and unique lifestyle content through an expanded VOD offering will let our customers discover programming that’s appealing and relevant.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.