Saturday, November 22, 2008

Comcast will close its CN8 network

"CN8, the East Coast regional television network run by Comcast Cable, will shut down by year's end, resulting in the loss of local news programs and sports coverage for millions in New Jersey. The network -- launched in 1996 and spanning the East Coast from Virginia to Maine -- will convert to two smaller operations, said company spokesman Tim Fitzpatrick."

Now I always thought that it would be the local networks that would help differentiate the cable operator from its competition. That is why Verizon will never get access to the Comcast Networks, Time Warner's NY1, and Cablevision's News 12. Interesting to learn that Comcast no longer thinks that unique content is an important differentiator. Or perhaps they felt it was simply not strong enough to matter. Whichever the case, it is a moot point. Perhaps for us New Jersey residents who will lose CN8, Comcast will be kind enough to replace it with NY1. For me, content is still king.

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