Oprah Winfrey Network, the joint-venture between popular American
talk show host and Discovery Communications, has entered into
a distribution contract with Comcast Corporation.
deal will come as a boost for Own, which has been grappling
with sluggish growth due to management turmoil and cost overruns,
as it will give the network access to 17 million Comcast subscribers
and thereby increase its subscription revenues.
has agreed to pay subscriber fees for the channel at the start
of next year. The cable operator currently carries the channel
without paying subscriber fees.