Comcast Adds Discovery HD


A pair of networks launched on the country’s biggest cable company last week, in some of the provider’s key markets.

Discovery HD Theater was added to Comcast Corp.’s HDTV lineup in the Dallas metropolitan area.

The Discovery Networks U.S. HD service is now available to more than 500,000 Comcast homes in the region, as long as they have HD-capable sets and HD-enabled digital set-tops from the operator, according to the programmer.

Discovery HD Theater joins local channels KERA (PBS), WFAA-TV (ABC), KTVT-TV (CBS), KXAS-TV (NBC) and enhanced wide-screen digital programming from Fox, as well as In Demand’s INHD and INHD2, Home Box Office, Showtime, Cinemax and ESPN HD.

Comcast also launched 10 International Channel Networks services in the Greater Chicago area last Thursday.

Windy City-area Comcast subscribers will get ART (Arabic), CCTV-4 (Chinese), CTI Zhong Tian Channel (Chinese), RAI (Italian), RTN (Russian), SBTN (Vietnamese), TV Asia (South Asian), TV5 (French), TV JAPAN (Japanese), TV Polonia (Polish) and The Filipino Channel (Filipino).

Comcast had already launched TV Polonia in select areas of Chicago in November.

Comcast also added ICN-distributed Africa Independent Television to its lineup in the Washington, D.C., area.