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Comcast Streaming Presidential, VP Debates

2 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Comcast Corp. Oct. 2 said it is offering streaming access to the presidential and vice president debates, in addition to election-day coverage on Nov. 6, through its Xfinity TV platform.

Xfinity is Comcast’s TV Everywhere platform enabling cable subscribers to access content live and on demand from connected devices. Xfinity also features Streampix, Comcast’s subscription video-on-demand service targeting Netflix.

The first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney takes place Oct. 3 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo. Vice President Joe Biden debates VP challenger Paul Ryan Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ken.

Obama and Romney debate again Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Comcast will stream the debates and election coverage to authenticated viewers (i.e. cable subscribers) at www.xfinity.com/2012election and through the CNN app. CNN is owned by Time Warner, which has a TV Everywhere license deal with Comcast. Each of the debates will also be available on Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/TV and through the Xfinity TV apps the day after they air live.

On election day, Xfinity TV subscribers can watch live coverage and analysis from CNN at Xfinity.com/2012election and through the CNN app.  Customers can also watch national and state election news and events from ABC News, AP, CBS News, CNN, Current, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC News and Reuters online at Xfinity.com/2012election.

In addition to the debates and election, Xfinity currently is streaming platform speeches from this year’s Democratic National and Republican National Conventions, including the candidates’nomination acceptance speeches, as well as campaign-event coverage from C-SPAN.

Documentaries from CNN and MSNBC on the 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney: The Making of a Candidate and Barack Obama: Making History are also available across Xfinity TV viewing platforms.

Xfinity TV is also streaming programming from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” election specials from “Saturday Night Live,” the first two seasons of Starz’ original series “Boss,” HBO’s series “Veep,” and movies The American President, Ides of March and Air Force One.

“We are making it easy for our customers to access programming and stay on top of key moments from the campaign trail, whether they’re at home or on-the-move,” said Maggie McLean Suniewick, VP of video services of Comcast.

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