Comcast Corp. announced Monday that it is launching HDTV service in
Denver/Boulder, Colo. (830,000 subscribers), making it the last of cable's top
20 markets to receive HDTV service.
The MSO was showcasing its eight-channel lineup at the Comcast Media Center
Monday -- ESPN HD, Home Box Office, Discovery HD Theatre, the two In Demand HD
channels, NBC affiliate KUSA, Fox affiliate KDVR and PBS affiliate KRMA.
Comcast senior vice president Mary White said the MSO had several-hundred
customers on a waiting list for HDTV service.
The Motorola Broadband Communications Sector systems will roll out "DCT-5100"
Comcast said it will waive the $5 monthly equipment fee for HDTV through the
end of the year to help jump-start business. There will be no additional charges
for HD service.
Separately, the MSO announced a deal with New England Sports Network to carry
the rest of this year's Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball games and all of
the home games of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins for the 2003-04
season in HD.
The package will cover eight Red Sox games from now until season's end and 36
Comcast's HD lineup in the area includes HBO, Showtime, ESPN HD, two channels
from In Demand and the ABC, NBC and PBS affiliates.