Comcast Rolls Out ‘Dragon’ Chinese Tier in Boston

Comcast has launched the Comcast Dragon Pack in Boston and Brookline, Mass., delivering around-the-clock access to Chinese programming on five channels, officials said Tuesday.

The new package, available for $19.95 a month, includes:

-- CTI-Zhong Tian Channel: Live news and current affairs talk shows, popular drama series, music, movies and lifestyle programming, plus a variety of entertainment shows.

-- CCTV-4: Live news every hour, popular drama and variety shows, children's shows, sports coverage and special event programming.

-- ETTV Super Channel: A Mandarin programming service presenting domestic and international news, information and entertainment programming, films and drama, talk shows, teen and children's programming, music videos, comedy and sports programming.

-- Phoenix InfoNews: The Chinese version of CNN offering breaking news, financial reports, current affairs, sports and weather.

-- Phoenix North America Chinese Channel: Top Mandarin entertainment including news, current affairs, documentaries, talk shows, culture, travel, lifestyle and TV series.

This launch, like the recent and upcoming launches of other international and HDTV programming unique to Comcast’s Boston and Brookline systems, will occur in other New England communities as the rest of the region converts to the nearly all digital network that Comcast created last year in Boston and Brookline as a national model for high-capacity broadband. 

Comcast also recently launched international networks for customers in Boston and Brookline who are interested in Russian, Korean, Arabic, Filipino, Brazilian, South Asian and Vietnamese sports, news and entertainment programming.

“We’re thrilled to enhance our international programming in Boston and Brookline with the addition of the Comcast Dragon Pack,” Paul D’Arcangelo, Comcast’s vice president in Metro Boston, said in a prepared statement. “Customers in Boston and Brookline are the first in New England to experience the consumer benefits of converting to a nearly all digital network. As other communities enter the ‘digital world,’ our customers will be amazed by what Comcast’s advanced fiber-optic network can deliver—even faster Internet speeds, even more HD choices and even more international programming.”