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Comcast adds 80 new networks to parts of Bay area footprint

Fri, 07/10/2009 - 8:45am
Mike Robuck

Thanks to its Project Cavalry digital conversion project, Comcast announced today that it would add 80 new channels Aug. 11 to portions of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The nation’s largest cable operator said it would add 51 new HD networks, 13 Spanish language channels, 14 international premium networks and two SD channels. With the additional channels, 26 communities in South Bay and North Bay will have access to a total of 92 HD channels.

Comcast started its analog-to-digital conversion in the San Francisco area earlier this year. The digital migration project is called Project Cavalry internally, but Comcast has given it the more consumer friendly moniker of “The World of More.”

Comcast has been offering standard cable customers digital upgrades in the areas where the analog-to-digital conversions have taken place. Comcast typically converts channels 31 and above to digital in order to reclaim bandwidth that was formerly used for analog in order to offer HD and on-demand choices.

Comcast said its digital migration is continuing in other parts of the Bay Area, with the additional networks expected to launch later this year.

On Aug. 11, the new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses in the following cities: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Cupertino, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Los Altos, Marin, Mill Valley, Milpitas, Mountain View, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sausalito, Sunnyvale, Tiburon and Woodacre. (Note: Los Altos, Milpitas, Saratoga and Sunnyvale have already launched 12 of the HD networks and Retirement Living TV, so those cities will be receiving 67 new networks.)

The new HD networks will include: BET HD, Biography Channel HD, Bravo HD, Cartoon Network HD, CBS College Sports HD, CMT HD, CNBC HD, Comedy Central HD, Disney XD HD, E! HD, Encore HD, ESPN News HD, Fox Business Network HD, Fox News Channel HD, Fuse HD, FX HD, G4 HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO Latino HD, HBO Zone HD, IFC HD, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, MGM HD, MLB Network HD, MSNBC HD, MTV HD, NBA TV HD, NHL Network HD, Nickelodeon HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Planet Green HD, QVC HD, Showtime Too HD, Speed HD, Spike HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz Kids & Family HD, Style Network HD, Thriller MAX HD, Action MAX HD, The Movie Channel HD, Travel Channel HD, TV One HD, VH1 HD, WE HD, The Weather Channel HD, WGN HD and a PPV HD channel.

In addition to the new channels, Comcast said it was also changing the channel numbers of up to 29 international and HD networks in order to group them together in the same genres of programming.

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