|Launched||December 1, 1996|
|Closed||October 2, 2017|
|Formerly called||CN8 (1996–2009)|
Comcast Network (2009–2017)
|Replaced by||NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus|
NBC Sports Washington Plus
The Comcast Network (TCN) was an American cable television network owned by the Comcast Corporation, through NBCUniversal; it was carried mostly on Comcast cable systems in four states and 20 television markets in the Eastern U.S. from New Jersey to Virginia. The main focus of the network was on the Philadelphia area, although the channel attempted to structure its programs as national shows. Key markets included New Jersey, the Pennsylvania cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.
The Comcast Network was launched on December 1, 1996 as CN8. The CN8 brand was discontinued on January 6, 2009, as part of a larger restructuring of the network in order to respond to low ratings as well as closing down in the New England market, where its primary market was Boston.
On August 23, 2017, NBC Sports Regional Networks announced that the TCN branding would be dropped on October 2, 2017; TCN Philadelphia was rebranded as NBC Sports Philadelphia +, and TCN Mid-Atlantic was to be rebranded as NBC Sports Washington +. The rebranding was concurrent with the renaming of the Comcast SportsNet networks under the NBC Sports brand. It is not clear what network, if any replaced the channel in the Pittsburgh market.
- "NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS TO ALIGN CSN & TCN PROPERTIES UNDER 'NBC SPORTS' BRAND" (Press release). Stamford, Conn.: NBC Sports Group. August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.