Calkins Media, Comcast Announce Partnership



In a first-of-its-kind agreement, local news, sports and entertainment programming will be available to cable subscribers in the Philadelphia suburbs from Calkins Media and Comcast.

LEVITTOWN, PA (February 20, 2016) - Calkins Media, parent company of the Bucks County Courier Times, Burlington County Times, and The Intelligencer, announce an agreement with Comcast to have its videos carried on the cable company's Xfinity On Demand service.

Comcast Xfinity and X1 customers in the Philadelphia market will be able to watch nearly a dozen daily and weekly programs on local high school sports, food, entertainment, and pet care; as well as local daily news reports from Bucks, Burlington and Montgomery counties. Shows and reports will be available to all Comcast subscribers through the On Demand portal. Comcast's X1 users will also be able to simply speak into their remote control to bring up these local Calkins Media programs.

"We are excited to give our audiences another way to access our local programming," said Michael G. Jameson, President and Publisher of the three newspapers. "We have been at the forefront of creating high-quality, local news, sports and entertainment video."

It is the first time Comcast has included content from a local media company on its On Demand service. Comcast said the agreement signifies the company's interest in delivering premium local content to its customers.

"Xfinity is committed to providing more choice and selection for our customers, and the addition of Calkins Media helps to expand our cross-platform local news offering on Xfinity on Demand," said Daniel Spinosa, General Manager Movies, Pay-Per-View and Commerce, Comcast Cable. "This partnership is representative of our commitment to delivering the best collection of premium local content to our customers whenever and wherever they want to watch it."

Calkins Media's weekly lineup showcasing local content in the Philadelphia market can also be found on the WATCH page of each of the newspaper's websites, as well in the TV Everywhere app, Roku and Fire TV channels.

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About Calkins Media Incorporated

Calkins Media Incorporated began as a community newspaper in 1937. Today, Calkins Media serves communities across the United States through its print and online newspaper editions in suburban Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, southern New Jersey and Florida and with its ABC television network affiliates in Huntsville, Alabama; Sarasota, Florida; and Tallahassee, Florida. The Suburban Philadelphia Division of Calkins Media, covers both sides of the Delaware River in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Bucks County Courier Times started in 1954, publishes six days a week, and covers all of Lower Bucks County. The Intelligencer started in 1954, publishes six days a week, and covers Central Bucks County, Upper Bucks County and Eastern Montgomery County. The Burlington County Times started in 1958, publishes six days a week, and covers Burlington. The corporate headquarters are located at 8400 N. Bristol Pike in Levittown, PA.

About Comcast

Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.