Comcast Cable Communications is rolling out HDTV services to 1.3 million digital cable customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Starting Nov. 1, the service will carry HDTV broadcasts from ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO and Showtime.
Comcast says it will make set-top HDTV tuners available to customers without built-in versions, while those with HDTV-ready sets can rent or buy a set-top box similar to current digital tuners, it says, adding that users will still be able to get analog and digital stations on HDTV sets.
Rollouts start in Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, Coatesville, Delaware county, Levittown, Lower Merion and Philadelphia. New Jersey rollouts include Pleasantville, Gloucester County and Trenton. The service also will start in New Castle, Del., Nov. 1.
HDTV has a width-height ratio of 16 to 9 and has six times the sharpness of analog pictures, with more than 2 million pixels per screen. The HDTV service includes a rented HDTV decoder for $10.95 a month. Decoders are also available at cost, or $300 each, it says.