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Padding the HD Channel Count: Go West, Young Man!

Now that Cablevision has entered the “100 HD Club,” it apparently no longer has any objections to counting West Coast feeds of the same network as part of the total lineup. (See Cablevision Hits 100 HD Channels.)

Rewind to July 2008: Verizon, as part of the marketing push into New York City, drove its HD score over the 100 mark.

At the time, Cablevision snipped that there were a whole lotta duplicate feeds in there — I counted 16 channels that were simply East or West coast feeds of another channel already in the HD lineup. (See Verizon’s 100 HD Channels: Too Many Duplicates?)

Cablevision, in getting into the triple-digits, has used the very same trick: 11 of the “new” HDs it is introducing are West Coast feeds of HBO, Showtime and Starz networks it already carries.

Yeah, I know, the satellite guys started it. But Time Warner Cable, to its credit, did not use bicoastal feeds to get up to 100 in NYC. (See Time Warner Cable Offering 100 HD Channels In NYC.)

Here’s the full list of Cablevision’s 100 HD channels, scheduled to be available to all subscribers by June, in alphabetical order (new channels in bold):

@MAX HD
A&E HD
ABC HD

ActionMAX HD

AMC HD

Animal Planet HD
BET HD

Bio HD
Bravo HD

CBS HD

Cinemax HD
Cinemax West HD
CMT HD

CNBC HD

CNN HD

Comedy Central HD
Crime & Investigation HD
CW HD

Discovery Channel HD
E! HD
Encore HD

ESPN HD

ESPN2 HD
Five Star Max HD
Food Network HD

FOX HD

FOX News HD

fuse HD

FX HD
G4 HD
Golf HD

Hallmark Movie Channel HD

HBO Comedy HD

HBO Family HD
HBO Family West HD
HBO HD

HBO Latino HD

HBO Signature HD
HBO Signature West HD

HBO West HD
HBO Zone HD

HBO2 HD
HBO2 West HD
HD Theater

HGTV HD
History Channel HD
IFC HD
Live Well HD
MLB Network HD

MoreMAX HD

MSG HD

MSG Plus HD

MTV HD

My9 HD

National Geographic Channel HD
NBA TV HD
NBC HD

NHL Network HD

Nickelodeon HD
Outdoor Channel HD
OuterMAX HD
Palladia HD

Planet Green HD

QVC HD
Sci-Fi HD

Science Channel HD
Showtime Extreme HD
Showtime HD

Showtime Showcase HD
Showtime Showcase West HD
Showtime Too HD
Showtime Too West HD

Showtime West HD
Speed Channel HD

Spike HD

SportsNet New York HD
Starz Comedy HD
Starz Edge HD

Starz HD

Starz Kids & Family HD
Starz West HD

Style HD
TBS in HD

The Weather Channel HD

Thirteen HD
Thriller Max HD
TLC HD

TMC HD
TMC West HD

TMC XTRA HD

TMC XTRA West HD
TNT in HD

Travel Channel HD

Universal HD

USA HD

VERSUS HD

VH1 HD
W Max HD
WE HD

YES HD