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Comcast Delivers 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Next-Generation 3D
Extensive 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Experience Also Available In HD, English, Spanish — Live, On Demand and Online
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, announced it will deliver a multiplatform experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ that includes: every 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ match live in its entirety, live games in 3D from ESPN 3D, games On Demand the next day and online coverage with live games and the latest news. Comcast will also provide customers the world’s premier soccer tournament in both English from ESPN and Spanish from Univision. Comcast was the first cable affiliate to sign on to deliver ESPN 3D, just weeks after bringing consumers the first live national next-generation 3D sporting event with the Masters Tournament in April.
“The World Cup in 3D is going to be an unforgettable viewing experience,” said Diana Kerekes, Vice President of Entertainment Services for Comcast. “Regardless of time zones, 3D or HD, our cross-platform coverage brings all the action to soccer fans however and whenever they want.”
Comcast will bring viewers the first match-up featuring South Africa versus Mexico in next-generation 3D from ESPN 3D on June 11th. Throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, Comcast will feature up to 25 matches in 3D from ESPN 3D. Additional 2010 FIFA World Cup™ coverage includes:
* Live games in SD and HD from ESPN and ABC with closed captioning
* Univision’s exclusive live coverage of the 64 games available in Spanish via Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión in HD and SD*
* 50 live matches in Portuguese* available from ESPN Deportes
* All 64 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches On Demand next day from ESPN and Univision On Demand at Sports & Fitness > 2010 World Cup
* Complete online offering at Comcast.net/worldcup with:
o Live games online at ESPN3 with six different languages: Portuguese, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean and English;
o Live streaming of the 64 games and replays in Spanish from Univision.com;
o News, scores, and recaps in Spanish from Terra.com; and
o A digital calendar feature that reminds viewers of game times, channels and match-ups through the SmartZone® Communications Center.
Comcast’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ offering is part of the company’s commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its Xfinity services, which include 100+ HD channels, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, On Demand video choices increasing to 25,000 and increased broadband speeds up to 50-100+ Mbps. Xfinity also offers thousands of online entertainment choices through Fancast Xfinity TV (fancast.com) as well as applications that enable customers to program a DVR from the Internet or a mobile device, and cross-platform features like Caller ID to the TV and PC.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.5 million cable customers, 16.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.9 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.
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