Comcast Expands High Def Footprint


Comcast Cable said it's launched HDTV service to 500,000 available homes in
central Connecticut.

The launch includes ESPN in HD, HBO and Showtime, plus the local PBS
affiliate, CPTV, and NBC affiliate, WVIT Hartford.

And Charter has added NBC TV station KXAS Dallas to its HD service in Fort
Worth, Tex.

Charter serves 112,000 customers in the area. NBC said it plans to have 14 HD
programs in its fall lineup.

The launch is good news for NBC, since Charter launched HD service last year,
but concentrated in affiliation deals with cable porgrammers, before adding
broadcast affiliates.