Comcast Offering Free U2 VOD in HD

Comcast, working up some synergy with the pending album release of one of the world's best-known bands, U2, is offering its 24 million cable subs an array of music videos from the Irish musicians on its on-demand channel for free—including several videos in HD.

The U2 content, about 50 music videos and concerts, can be viewed as many times as subscribers wish.

The free HD content coincides with the March 3 launch date of U2's 12th studio album, "No Line On The Horizon." From that album, Comcast is offering free access to the new HD video based on the group's new single, "Get On Your Boots." America's largest TV service provider said the HD/SD collection represents the largest amount of U2 video content ever made available in one venue.

The same U2 content also is being made available by Comcast on its Web site (where users do not have to be Comcast broadband subs to view the videos). Comcast said in a statement that its customers watch an average of about 55 million music videos a month on its on-demand cable channel.