Starting Wednesday, Comcast will add high-definition feeds of Univision, TeleFutura and Telemundo in its northern California region.
The three Hispanic channels will make their debut on Cinco de Mayo on Comcast’s “Limited Basic Tier” HD tier to customers and businesses in the San Francisco area, while Univision HD and TeleFutura HD will be on the same tier in central California.
Comcast wrapped up its analog-to-digital conversion project in the San Francisco area last year, which has freed up bandwidth to offer additional HD choices. A spokesman for Comcast said the central California region is in the middle of the all-digital initiative, which is known internally as Project Cavalry.
Since the completion of Project Cavalry last year, Comcast said it has added more than 80 new channels in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last few months and converted channels 35 and above to a digitally delivered format.
The addition of the new HD channels will come in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and they are part of the increase in “HD choices” that Comcast is offering through its Xfinity branding effort.
Comcast customers who currently have access to the standard-definition feeds of Univision, TeleFutura and Telemundo affiliates will automatically receive the HD versions of the networks, if they have HD service and HD equipment.
The three HD networks will be available throughout Comcast's Bay Area systems with the exception of Half Moon Bay, Isleton, Mendocino and Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. The two new HD networks launching in central California will not be available in the Chico/Oroville, Coalinga, Gustine, Planada or Sonora/Tuolumne areas.
In central California, two Music Choice music channels will move channel locations to make room for the two new HD networks.
"These are some of the most-watched networks in the country, and we’re excited to offer their compelling programming, including their coverage of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, to Comcast’s California customers in crystal-clear HD," said Bryan Byrd, director of communications for Comcast California. "Comcast continues to deliver the most HD viewing choices with our robust lineup of HD linear channels and thousands of HD choices available to watch at any time via Comcast's video-on-demand library."