COMCAST BRINGS NEWLY LAUNCHED C-SPAN DIGITAL BUS TO NORTH PORT & SARASOTA, FL

The C-SPAN Digital Bus will visit the cities of North Port & Sarasota, FL on its national tour with two stops.  During the stops, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Digital Bus and learn about C-SPAN’s public affairs programming.

Launched in June 2010, C-SPAN’s new customized coach is engaging visitors of all ages through interactive multimedia.  Digital Bus visitors are experiencing C-SPAN’s unique public affairs content across high-tech platforms such as HD-TV, the internet, and radio, encouraging customers to follow “Washington, your way.”  Hands on demonstrations feature the C-SPAN Video Library and the network’s social media offerings and there are special resources for civics teachers and their students.

“We are grateful that C-SPAN chose our area to bring their new Digital Bus,” stated Barbara Hagen, vice president/general manager for the Comcast Sarasota/Ft. Myers market. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our local students to become inspired and involved in public affairs.”

Thursday, December 2, 2010 – Media Invited to All

8:00-10:00AM            North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291

12:00-2:30PM             University of South Florida- Sarasota/Manatee Campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243

The Digital Bus is designed to provide interactive, self guided multimedia tours demonstrating C-SPAN’s programming via varied distribution platforms to all visitors, including:
•    TV monitors to demonstrate the C-SPAN Networks in both standard and high definition.
•    Computer kiosks to demonstrate C-SPAN’s many web offerings including the Video Library.
•    Laptops and mobile application devices to demonstrate C-SPAN’s social media presence and radio offerings.

The C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched in June of 2010; however, this year also marks the bus program’s seventeenth year on the road.  The C-SPAN Digital Bus and crew travel the country, producing programs, and promoting civic engagement through education.

About C-SPAN

C-SPAN was created by America’s cable companies in 1979 as a public service and programs three public affairs television networks (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3); C-SPAN Radio, a Washington, D.C. public affairs radio station distributed by XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit www.c-span.org.

About the C-SPAN Digital Bus

In June 2010 the C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched to showcase cutting edge technologies and update C-SPAN’s community outreach within the seventeen year Bus program.  In 1993, C-SPAN launched its Bus program as a way to bring the world of public affairs into schools and communities nationwide. Working with cable television partners across the nation, C-SPAN’s bus program has visited students, teachers, and citizens in all 50 states to discuss public affairs, C-SPAN’s programming and free educational resources.  In May 2010, after traveling more than a million miles, the two original C-SPAN buses were retired from service, and the C-SPAN Digital Bus was launched.

Visit www.c-span.org/bus for scheduling and other information on the C-SPAN Digital Bus.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 22.9 million video customers, 16.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 8.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net).  Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and, through Global Spectrum, manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.

In Sarasota/Fort Myers market, Comcast employs 1,300 people serving approximately 600,000 customers with digital video, high-speed Internet and digital telephone services.