Comcast Adds 3 HD Channels

May 24, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Comcast will be adding three high-definition channels—A&E HD, HGTV HD and Food Network HD—to its lineup in coming weeks, part of its push to have 800 HD offerings by 2008.
The channels will roll out on a market-by-market basis according to system capacity and the needs of viewers, said Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer.
“We want to be able to offer the largest selection of HD viewing choices for our customers,” she said.
Currently, Comcast offers nearly 200 HD choices, a combination of high-def programming on normal channels and HD On-Demand.
The new offerings constitute an important step for Comcast and, for now, put it a step ahead of satellite-TV service DirecTV, according to Bruce Leichtman, principal and president of Leichtman Research.
“It is inevitable that DirecTV will have a larger offering eventually,” he said. “But while they’re putting out press releases about it, Comcast is actually doing it.”
The three new channels represent Comcast’s efforts to cater to the changing tastes of the HD viewer, Mr. Leichtman added.
“We have sports and movies, and what this next wave of HD people want is core, basic-cable channels,” he said.
Comcast has already added A&E HD, HGTV HD and Food Network HD in Boston. A&E HD is currently available in Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Detroit.

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