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Comcast to Carry WFTX in HD

Just in time for the World Series, Journal Broadcast Group says it has struck a deal with Comcast of Southwest Florida for its Cape Coral Fox station (serving Fort Myers/Naples).

The cable system has agreed to carry WFTX's HDTV programing on its digital tier. That programming includes the upcoming series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers, which starts this weekend, as well as NFL football and prime time shows including 24, Prison Break and House.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been making some noise in D.C. lately about the importance of cable carrying braodcaster's signals in HD, rather than downconverting them to standard digital format to save on capacity.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.