MGM VOD plan makes Impact

Comcast hosts new on-demand service

MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.”

Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James Bond series, “The Magnificent Seven” and “RoboCop.”

Comcast was the natural first outlet for Impact because the cable operator owns 20% of MGM and is more aggressive than any of its competitors in pushing VOD. Comcast offers more than 10,000 selections each month, at least 500 of which are cablecast in high definition. MGM will deliver many of the Impact titles in high def.

MGM plans to rotate about 200 movies a year through Impact, scheduling some weeks with titles in specific genres including thrillers, crime melodramas, espionage films, Westerns, war pictures and martial-arts films.

Next year, MGM and Comcast expect to broaden Impact beyond VOD into a website that will allow people with high-speed connections to stream the same movies onto their laptops at no cost.

MGM HD, the company’s year-old 24/7 network, is off to a good start, engineering carriage deals with the two largest cable operators, Comcast and Time Warner; the biggest satellite distributor, DirecTV; and new Verizon video service FiOs.

Mark Strauss, senior VP of new media for Comcast Cable, worked with Packer on the Impact deal.

More Scene

  • Yvette Nicole Brown, Niecy NashNAACP Image

    NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon Emphasizes Importance of Diversity in Key Industry Roles

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

  • NYWIFT MUSE Awards

    Judith Light Praises Current 'Truth-Telling,' 'Courage' in Hollywood at New York Women in Film & Television Event

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

  • Palm Springs Where to eat Drink

    Palm Springs Hotter Than Ever: Places to Eat, Drink, Stay

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

  • 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards

    Why Alfre Woodard Thinks 'Everybody Gets Left Out' of Film Awards Race

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

  • 'Father Figures' film premiere

    'Father Figures' Premiere Raises Funds for Southern California Wildfire Victims

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

  • 'Grown-ish' TV show premiere

    A Meme Inspired 'Black-ish' Spinoff 'Grown-ish,' Creator Kenya Barris Says

    MGM is funneling its action movies and TV shows into a free video-on-demand service called Impact, which has just started on Comcast with 25 titles, including “The Terminator,” “Enter the Ninja” and “Windtalkers.” Jim Packer, co-president of MGM Worldwide TV, said the company has more than 1,000 shoot-’em-ups in its 4,000-title library, including the James […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content