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Comcast Adds 119 Networks, 6000 VOD Choices In Santa Barbara County

With the cavalry having ridden into the market, Comcast customers in Santa Barbara County, now have access to 119 additional TV networks and more video-on-demand choices.
Beginning on April 26, nine communities -- Ballard, Buellton, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Vandenberg Village --in Santa Barbara County will receive 119 new channels, including 52 high-definition networks, 29 international premium channels, 21 new Hispanic networks and 17 standard-definition channels. Moreover, there are now 6,000 HD entertainment choices On Demand as part of a growing Xfinity TV lineup that has expanded as a result of Comcast's recent digital upgrade of customers from analog to digital.

Late last year, Comcast began a digital initiative in the county -- offering digital upgrades to expanded basic customers to migrate from analog to digital, and converting channels 31 and above to a digitally delivered format. Comcast's digital migration reclaimed analog bandwidth to allow the company to provide more products and services to customers, such as Xfinity TV programming, faster Internet speeds, more channels and more on-demand content.

This transition, which has already occurred in Comcast's other California systems, is known by the internal code name, Project Cavalry."

"We've heard from customers that they can't get enough HD and multicultural programming, so we're excited to exponentially increase our offering of those networks and give even more value to our customers as part of our digital upgrade," said Cristina Villanueva, Comcast's general manager for North Santa Barbara, in a statement. "These channel launches are about delivering on Comcast's promise to customers that by converting to digital, we could offer more of the products and services they want, right away."

The new HD networks will include: BET HD, Biography Channel HD, Cartoon Network HD, CBS Sports HD, CMT HD, CNBC HD, CNN Headline News HD, Comedy Central HD, Disney XD HD, E! HD, Encore HD, ESPN 3D, ESPN News HD, ESPNU HD, Fox Business HD, Fox News Channel HD, Fox Sports Net HD, Fuse HD, G4 HD, Hallmark Channel HD, HBO Latino HD, HBO Zone HD, IFC HD, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, MSNBC HD, MTV HD, NBA TV HD, NHL Network HD, Nickelodeon HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Planet Green HD, QVC HD, Showtime Too HD, Spike HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz Kids and Family HD, Style HD, TCM Turner Classic Movies HD, Tennis Channel HD, TMC The Movie Channel HD, truTV HD, TV One HD, VH1 HD, WE HD, The Weather Channel HD, a 3D Events Channel and several sports pay-per-view HD networks.

In addition to these new HD Channels, Comcast continues to deliver more HD content ON DEMAND, so customers can watch HD programming whenever they want to watch it. With more than 6,000 HD choices, Comcast is delivering the HD programming that aligns with what consumers want to watch and how they want to watch it.

Customers who do not receive HD channels will have new programming options as well. Seventeen new standard definition (SD) networks are launching - BYU TV, The California Channel, Comcast Hometown Network, Current TV, Discovery Health, Fit TV, Flix, Fox Movie Channel, Game Show Network, Inspirational Network, KCET VMe, KCET World, NBA TV, Ovation TV, English-language Latino network Sí TV, The Africa Channel and TVG-Horseracing Network.

Also, 21 Hispanic language channels and 29 new international premium networks will be available -- including Antenna Satellite (Greek), Band Internacional (Brazilian), CCTV-4 (Chinese/Mandarin), C1R (Russian), Deutsche Welle (German), GMA Life (Filipino), NeoCricket, PFC 100% Futebol (Brazilian), Rai Italia (Italian), RTPi (Portuguese), SBTN (Vietnamese), STAR India NEWS (South Asian), TV Globo (Brazilian), TV Japan (Japanese), tvK (Korean) and TV5Monde (French).

In addition to the new networks, approximately 175 additional networks are changing channel numbers in order to standardize channel lineups across the state Specific old and new channel numbers can be found at: http://comcastcalifornia.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=450

52 NEW HIGH DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS

Network New Channel #
NBA League Pass Team HD 450
NHL/MLB League Pass Game 2 HD 459
NHL/MLB League Pass Game HD 460
QVC HD 719
Fox Sports Net HD 720
ESPN News HD 726
NBA TV HD 727
NHL Network HD 728
CBS Sports HD 732
TV One HD 740
Style HD 742
Spike TV HD 743
G4 HD 744
Comedy Central HD 745
truTV HD 748
E! HD 753
Fox News Channel HD 760
Fox Business HD 761
CNBC HD 762
Disney XD HD 763
Cartoon Network HD 766
Nickelodeon HD 767
Planet Green HD 771
Biography Channel HD 772
CNN Headline News HD 774
The Weather Channel HD 776
BET HD 777
CMT HD 778
FUSE HD 779
VH1 HD 781
MTV HD 782
Outdoor Channel HD 784
Tennis Channel HD 786
MSNBC HD 787
ESPN U HD 788
TCM Turner Classic Movies HD 789
IFC HD 790
WE HD 791
Hallmark Channel HD 793
Lifetime HD 795
Lifetime Movie Channel HD 796
HBO Zone HD 807
HBO Latino HD 808
Encore HD 809
Starz Edge HD 817
Starz Comedy HD 818
Starz Kids & Family HD 819
Showtime Too HD 826
TMC HD 847
PPV Events HD 870
3D Events Channel 897
ESPN 3D 898

17 NEW STANDARD DEFINITION (SD) NETWORKS

Network New Channel #
Comcast Hometown Network 104
Current TV 107
California Channel 108
Inspirational Network 124
Game Show Network 161
KCET World 192
KCET VMe 193
Discovery Health 220
Fit TV 222
BYU TV 228
Ovation TV 270
The Africa Channel 297
TVG-Horseracing Network 409
NBA TV 439
Si TV 477
Fox Movie Channel 506
Flix 586

29 NEW INTERNATIONAL PREMIUM NETWORKS
For programming information visit www.comcast.com/internationaltv

Network New Channel #
TV Globo (Portuguese/Brazilian) 305
PFC 100% Futebol (Portuguese/Brazilian) 306
Band Internacional (Portuguese/Brazilian) 307
RTPi (Portuguese) 310
Antenna Satellite (Greek) 312
Deutsche Welle (German) 315
TV5Monde (French) 317
Rai Italia (Italian) 319
RTN (Russian) 324
C1R (Russian) 325
TV Japan (Japanese) 330
SBTN (Vietnamese) 331
tvK (Korean) 332
Zee TV (South Asian) 336
TV Asia (South Asian) 337
SET Asia (SONY) (South Asian) 338
NeoCricket 339
STAR India PLUS (South Asian) 340
STAR India NEWS (South Asian - Hindi) 341
STAR ONE (South Asian - Hindi) 342
STAR India GOLD (South Asian - Hindi) 343
VIJAY (South Asian - Tamil) 349
CTI-Zhong Tian Channel (Chinese/Mandarin) 354
CCTV-4 (Chinese/Mandarin) 355
Phoenix Info News 356
Phoenix North America 357
ETTV-Super Channel 358
MYX (English + Taglish) 368
GMA Life (English + Tagalog) 370

21 NEW HISPANIC NETWORKS

Network New Channel #
Vme 621
Ecuavisa 628
WAPA America 630
Mexicanal 631
Multimedos 632
Caracol TV 633
TV Colombia 634
Venemovies (W) 640
Sur Peru 644
Utilisima 646
Telefe 647
TV Dominicana 649
TV Venezuela 650
HTV Musica 652
Telehit 653
Ritmonson Latino 654
Bandamax 656
La Familia 660
Gran Cine 663
De Pelicula 664
De Pelicula Clasico 665