Comcast goes bilingual; adds 18 channels


Comcast yesterday added 18 Spanish-language channels to its digital cable television lineups in cities and counties throughout the state. Viewers with digital cable can now view the channels in Baltimore City, Annapolis and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Howard and Harford counties.

While the channels can be viewed at no cost through Aug. 31 by those Comcast customers who subscribe to digital service, the monthly fee to continue receiving the Spanish-language channels will be $9.95 starting next month.

"We wanted to ensure that our programming options reflect the diverse interests of our Hispanic customers," Barbara A. Gehrig, senior vice president for Comcast's Maryland/Delaware region, said in a news release accompanying yesterday's announcement.

The channels include Spanish-language versions of CNN, Discovery, MTV and Fox Sports, as well as TVE International, which specializes in global programming, and Utilisima, a women's network.

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