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Comcast shuts theme parks, delays film distribution due to COVID-19

The NBC and Comcast logo are displayed on top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the GE building, in midtown Manhattan in New York

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp <CMCSA.O> on Tuesday warned of a hit to its results from the coronavirus outbreak as it shut all its theme parks and delayed distribution of films in theatres worldwide.

The media and communications company said it also expects economic distress due to the virus to impact its customer base in cable business, which is already under pressure from the widespread shift to streaming services.

The creation and availability of film and television programming has been disrupted, hurt by cancellation or postponement of sports events and entertainment production, including possibly the Olympics, the company said.

Last week, Walt Disney Co <DIS.N> delayed the launch of its streaming services in France by two weeks at the request of the French government.

(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Arun Koyyur)