Comcast, MGM in VOD pact

New channel to feature action-themed films and TV series

MGM and Comcast are launching a VOD channel, dubbed Impact, that will feature action-themed films and TV series, many of which will be available in HD.

The channel, which will be available to Comcast customers starting this week, will feature such movies as the James Bond series, "Rocky," "Magnificent Seven" and "RoboCop" in its first year. Impact also will feature special programming themes created around such action genres as thrillers, crime, espionage, Westerns, war and martial arts.

MGM Worldwide Television co-president Jim Packer said MGM's library has more than 1,000 titles that fit the action category, while Comcast Cable senior vp new media Matt Strauss added that movies are "a very popular feature on VOD."