Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said Monday that it would add a new
high-definition television channel, PBS affiliate WHYY-HD, next month for
Philadelphia-area customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Comcast launched its HDTV service in Philadelphia last November with
programming from ABC, NBC, Home Box Office and Showtime Networks Inc.
'In the months since we launched HDTV, customer response has been strong,'
Comcast Cable Eastern division president Michael Doyle said in a press release.
'With the addition of WHYY in high-definition, we are building on one of the
most robust packages available today, and we expect customer interest to
continue to grow.'
WHYY launched its HDTV feed in May 2000. Its HDTV programming contains local
original programming, including The Philadelphia Orchestra's 100th
Birthday Gala, plus episodes of PBS' Nova series.
The station will offer 8 hours of digital and HDTV programming each night
from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., and it will simulcast its main feed in digital during the
Local Comcast digital-cable customers can rent HDTV decoders for $10.95 per
month or purchase them outright for about $300, the company