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Go2Broadband adds digital, HD support

Tue, 10/28/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

CableLabs, following through on plans announced earlier this year, has added digital video and high-definition television (HDTV) capabilities to its Go2Broadband (G2B) service locater.

G2B, which had been used solely to help consumers determine whether cable modem service is available in their neighborhoods, is offered via retail chains such as Best Buy. G2B now handles more than 20 million service requests each year, CableLabs said.

Major MSOs such as Comcast Corp., Adelphia Communications, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Insight Communications, Cablevision Systems and Charter Communications, as well as industry organizations such as the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) are already supporting G2B's new capabilities.

"As an industry, we have worked diligently to coordinate the sale of video services with the latest products available from the consumer electronics industry," said Mark Coblitz, Comcast's senior VP of strategic planning, in a statement. "It only makes sense that we provide a convenient way for consumers to sign up for high-definition cable services at the same time they are purchasing their new 50-inch HDTV."

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