D.C. Goes High-Def


Comcast Cable Communications Inc. announced Monday that it has launched
high-definition-TV service in Alexandria and Arlington, Va., and it will add the
rest of its Washington, D.C.-area systems by the end of the month.

The initial launch covers 120,000 subscribers. Another 750,000 will have HDTV
access when Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Charles County, Md.;
Prince William County and Reston, Va.; and the Washington, D.C., system are
added by October's end.

The package includes the ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS affiliates, as well as Home
Box Office and Showtime.

Discovery Channel HDTV, which is based in Montgomery County, wasn't listed in
Comcast's press release, but the MSO said it's working with other cable networks
and broadcasters to bring more HDTV content to subscribers.

HDTV will be provided free-of-charge to Comcast Digital Cable