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Comcast launches FEARnet on Halloween

by Brett Love, posted Oct 28th 2006 2:24PM
Night of the Living DeadWe have a channel for golfers, one for soap fans, and even one that is all reality tv all the time, so why not an outlet for horror fans? Seeing the recent growth in the horror market, Comcast has decided to do just that. But this isn't just some run of the mill obscure cable channel. FEARnet is a "multiplatform network". Customers will be able to view content from three different platforms. The video on demand component will feature 200 movies over the course of the first year, at around 70 hours a month. Those movies will be free to Comcast digital subscribers. And I thought the Charlie's Angels section on TubeTime was good.

The online companion, FEARnet.com, will have 9 movies and 200 shorts that stream for free. In addition, there will be 50 downloadable movies available for rent or purchase. The site will also have news, reviews, and some community features. One of those that sounds interesting is the interactive database. Users, or victims as fearnet calls them, will also have the ability to chat with other members while they watch the movies. Sure, you could do it with IM, but it's good that they are trying something new. And finally, mobile.FEARnet.com will have news, reviews, and polls all designed with the tiny screens in mind. There are also plans to add ringtones and other goodies in the future. It's all very niche market, but since I find myself in that particular niche, I'm all for the idea. The various sites and services will all go live on Halloween.

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Infamous Chello

man, dat site dont even show on my side of chicago. anybody kno wassup wit dat?

October 31 2006 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

Geez, you get Catriona Le May Doan AND the Scream! channel in Canada? Now I'm jealous. :D I think you're right that this is long overdue, but since we had to wait, I'm glad we are getting it in the on demand form. That really is a great feature.

October 28 2006 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

I don't know if I need to point this out, but here in Canada we've had a channel (on digital cable) for the past five years or so that has specialized in horror movies and thrillers. The channel is called Scream! and is one of the most popular of the digital cable - I'm surprised that no one in the US has done something similar. That said what Comcast is putting together goes way beyond what anyone is doing here.

October 28 2006 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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