Gaining bandwidth from its analog reclamation initiative, Comcast will launch 81 new TV networks in the Sacramento market over the next two months.
The additions, coming in two phases -- one beginning today, the other in August --- encompass 81 services, 61 high-definition networks, 14 international premium and six standard-definition channels.
The rollout in the state's Capital region follows similar deployment in the San Francisco Bay area. Under the heading of "Project Cavalry,"Comcast reclaimed analog bandwidth and converted channels 31 and above to a digitally delivered format. This digital migration enables the company to provide additional products and services to customers, such as faster Internet speeds, more channels and extra on-demand content.
Indeed, 20 communities in the Capital Region will now have access to more than 4,000 HD choices as part of a growing Xfinity TV lineup owing to the digital expansion. Beginning June 18, the new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses in the following cities: Sacramento, Antelope, Camino, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, Elk Grove, Elverta, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Galt, Gold River, Manteca, Mather, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rescue, Roseville and Rio Linda. Davis and Roseville were already carrying some of the HD networks.
The new HD networks: AMC HD, Animal Planet HD, BET HD, Biography Channel HD, Bravo HD, Cartoon Network HD, CMT HD, CNBC HD, CNN HD, CNN Headline News HD, Comedy Central HD, Disney XD HD, E! HD, Encore HD, ESPN 3D, ESPN News HD, ESPNU HD, Fox News Channel HD, Fuse HD, FX-West HD, G4 HD, Hallmark Channel HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO Latino HD, HBO Zone HD, History Channel HD, HSN HD, IFC HD, ION HD, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, MGM HD, MLB Network HD, MSNBC HD, MTV HD, NBA League Pass Team HD, NBA TV HD, NFL RedZone HD, NHL Network HD, Nickelodeon HD, Planet Green HD, QVC HD, Spike HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz Kids and Family HD, Style HD, TCM Turner Classic Movies HD, Tennis Channel HD, Thriller MAX HD, ActionMAX HD, Travel Channel HD, truTV HD, TV One HD, VH1 HD, WE HD, The Weather Channel HD, and two NHL/MLB League Pass HD networks.
Customers that don't receive HD channels will have six new programming options as well, with the SD launches of ESPN U, arts and culture service Ovation TV, The Africa Channel, Nat Geo Wild, CMT Pure Country, and English-language Latino network Sí TV.
Cable's top operator has also added 14 new international premium networks to its roster: Antenna Satellite (Greek), Band Internacional (Brazilian), C1R (Russian), Deutsche Welle (German), GMA Life (Filipino), MYX, PFC 100% Futebol (Brazilian), RTPi (Portuguese), Star India Gold (South Asian), Star India News (South Asian), Star One (South Asian), TV Globo (Brazilian), tvK (Korean) and Vijay(South Asian).
"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 Curt Henninger, Senior Vice President of Comcast's California Region. "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."
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