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Comcast to close E! Entertainment in some European countries

A promotional slate for the E! Entertainment channel as it aired in Germany. (Still image courtesy Comcast/Sky Deutschland, Graphic by The Desk)

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Comcast will close a German-language variant of its E! Entertainment cable network in several European countries by the end of the year.

The linear channel will stop broadcasting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as Comcast shifts programming away from its linear channels toward a localized version of its streaming service Peacock, which launched in those countries earlier this year.

The E! Entertainment channel was available on pay television systems throughout the Germanic countries, including Comcast’s own satellite service Sky Deutschland. Many of the shows aired on E! Entertainment were dubbed or subtitled versions of programs available on the domestic E! channel, including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Botched,” “I Am Cait” and “Rob & Chyna.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Comcast’s European business said the E! Entertainment channel was being shut down to “strategic reasons.” Other localized channels, including SyFy Deutschland, 13th Street and Universal TV, are expected to continue.

Other version of E! Entertainment, including a localized channel in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Eastern Europe, are expected to continue broadcasting.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).