Comcast beefs up Spanish

Cabler links up with Canal, Azteca, La Familia and more

HOLLYWOOD — Comcast has expanded its Spanish-language lineup via carriage agreements with channels Canal 52 MX and Azteca on Demand from Mexico as well as U.S.-based educational net HITN and family-themed channel La Familia.

Channels are among nine new multicultural nets and on-demand services from the cable conglom. These include Asian web AZN Television, Russian nets C1R and ITN, the Philippines’ GMA 7 and South Korean net TVK24.

Launch dates will vary. The Spanish-language nets will be available in markets with strong Spanish-speaking populations such as Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas; Sacramento; Fresno, Calif.; Miami; New York; and Washington, D.C.

Comcast systems collectively offer consumers more than 50 channels featuring multicultural programming from around the world. It added 38 multicultural channels in the past year alone.

Comcast recently unveiled a joint bid with Time Warner for Adelphia Communications.

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