Comcast Launches HDTV Tier


More than 1.3 million Comcast Corp. subscribers in the Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and Delaware corridor will have access to a new five-channel
high-definition-TV programming tier beginning Nov. 1.

The MSO is packaging HDTV content from ABC, CBS, NBC, Home Box Office and
Showtime in a $10.95-per-month tier for digital-cable subscribers. The fee
includes the rental of an HDTV decoder. Comcast is also selling the HDTV decoder
for $300.

The HDTV tier will feature wide-screen programming with an 16:9 aspect ratio.
Comcast said the service will offer twice the color resolution of current analog
service and six times the sharpness of current analog pictures.

HDTV will be available in Philadelphia, Willow Grove, West Chester, Lower
Merion, Levittown, Coatesville, Bucks County, Delaware County and Montgomery
County, Pa.; New Castle, Del.; and Pleasantville, Vineland, Trenton, Gloucester
County and Burlington County, N.J.

Comcast plans to expand the rollout to central and northern New Jersey over
the next few months, the MSO said.