Roberts Sees More JVs for Comcast

Comcast Corp. chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said more joint ventures -- such as recent deals with TiVo Inc., Motorola Inc. and Pace Micro Technology plc -- could be on the horizon for the MSO.

Roberts, who spoke at Comcast’s annual shareholders meeting in Philadelphia June 1, pointed to the Motorola and Pace deals -- which allow Comcast to get involved in the development of new set-top boxes -- as examples of the culture of innovation the No. 1 U.S. MSO has fostered since it acquired AT&T Broadband in 2002.

“We hope to announce other deals shortly,” he added.

Roberts said Comcast is on track to meet its previous goals of 1 billion customer views of its on-demand products by the end of the year. The MSO already had 100 million on-demand views in March and April in Philadelphia -- on average, customers in that market are placing 27 VOD orders per month -- and it is well on its way toward surpassing the 1 billion-views milestone.

Comcast Digital Voice, available in three markets currently, will expand to 20 markets by the end of the year, Roberts added. He reiterated Comcast’s goal of attracting 8 million Digital Voice subscribers in five years.