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Comcast features Dating on Demand

Allan Johnson Chicago Tribune

“I’m single, I’m available, I’m looking to meet great people,” a confident and comfortable Amy Vizek said into a camera at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art several weeks ago.

If that doesn’t get the attention of thousands of guys throughout the country, they probably should switch to Cinemax.

The 39-year-old retail manager’s video testimonial was being taped for Dating on Demand, a feature of leading cable provider Comcast that, with the touch of a remote control button, allows hopefuls to show what they’re about to prospective mates.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics had a recent survey that said the majority of people spend their time watching TV,” explained Angelyanne Amores, Comcast’s director of media relations. “Dating on Demand combines the magic of television and online dating.”

You can either send in a videotape of yourself (which will be edited) to Comcast, or catch Comcast when it is shooting people looking to participate at local events like the mixer that was sponsored by Today’s Chicago Woman.

Within a few weeks, the tape will air on Comcast’s On Demand digital cable menu. You can contact a person whose profile is appealing after registering with HurryDate.com, a speed-dating company.

Marie Frederick, one of a handful of people interviewed for Dating on Demand at the Chicago event, tried a variety of online dating sites and has attended single parties and other social functions.

“I think it’s wonderful that guys around the country will see my profile, because I don’t know where my soulmate is, and I’m really struggling to find him,” said Frederick, a 38-year-old management consultant.

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