Comcast VOD helps bring troops home for the Holidays


Comcast announced the launch of "Troop Greetings On Demand," a service that allows the families and friends of military personnel stationed overseas to view special holiday greetings from their loved ones any time of the day or night and as often as they like at no additional cost.  For the fifth consecutive year, Troop Greetings will be available to Comcast Digital Cable customers through the "Get Local" category of Comcast’s signature On Demand service until the end of January 2009.  Starting today, most of the holiday Troop Greetings will be available for online streaming at

More than 1,000 messages are available to millions of customers throughout Comcast service areas in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

Hundreds of videotapes from Army/Air Force Hometown News Service were secured and edited into short video greetings for viewers and high-speed Internet customers.  Each message includes the service member’s name and hometown, and some messages include the serviceperson’s family.  Featured messages are from military personnel and civilian staff stationed around the world at bases in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Japan, Alaska, Korea and other remote locations, as well as those serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In some areas, Comcast will provide complimentary digital service upgrades for families of service personnel seen in this year’s greetings who are Comcast standard cable subscribers.  Upgrades will be offered for the duration of the Troop Greetings On Demand program.  In addition, the general public can view greetings at most Comcast service centers.