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Comcast rolls out on-demand education offerings

September 21, 2009

Comcast Corp. is making videos seen on the Discovery Education channel available on demand to its Indianapolis-area digital subscribers, the cable television company announced today.

Central and Northeast Indiana are the first regions in the country where Pennsylvania-based Comcast will offer the service, called Discovery Education On Demand.

Discovery Education, a unit of Maryland-based Discovery Communications LLC, provides educational videos to half of all U.S. schools, as well as to home subscribers. The new service, however, will allow parents and their kids to pause, fast forward and rewind more than 200 educational videos—and watch them at any time.

Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett were on hand at the Indiana Statehouse this morning to help Comcast officials announce the new service.

The service also provides homework tools and other resources. Some videos and resources are available free via a Web site, learningondemand.com/comcast.

The new service was inspired by the experience of a Comcast executive in Indianapolis, Scott Tenney, who used Discovery’s cable channels to help his son, who has Asperger’s and dyslexia, learn at home.
 

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