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NCTA: Cable-based HDTV available to 90 M homes

Sun, 09/26/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

U.S. cable operators now offer high-definition television (HDTV) in 177 markets, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association reported in a new set of survey results.

NCTA noted that 90 million of the 108 million U.S. TV homes are passed by a cable system that provides HDTV programming, up 28 percent from the 70 million homes that could get the service last December.

Operators have also beefed up their local digital broadcast station lineups, offering a total of 454 stations, up 50 percent from 304 in December 2003.

Programmers are also chipping in. NCTA said 17 cable networks now offer HD programming during some or all of their network schedules through mid-September.

In HDTV programming news, INHD, InDemand's 27/7 linear high-definition network, slated Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. ET for the premiere of "Hollywood Walks."

The original HD series will take "an insider's look" at Hollywood Boulevard. The premiere episode will feature a ceremony honoring "Laverne & Shirley" stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams.

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