Cox Adds 11 HD Channels in N. Virginia

Cox Communications’ Northern Virginia system has added 11 new high-definition channels to its Fairfax County programming lineup, after the operator completed a switched digital video rollout earlier this year.

Effective immediately, Cox Northern Virginia now offers: History Channel HD, The Science Channel HD, Animal Planet HD, CNN HD, Versus/Golf HD, TBS HD, Food Network HD, HGTV HD, TLC HD, Discovery HD and NHL Network HD.

The Cox system now offers a total of 31 HDTV channels, almost twice the number it offered at the beginning of the year. That’s also more than “any local competitor,” the company claimed, by which it apparently means Verizon’s FiOS TV and RCN.

"We are proud of the fact that we carry more HD channels than any of our local competitors here in Northern Virginia, and look forward to greatly expanding our high-definition offerings in 2008," Cox Northern Virginia vice president of marketing Mark Snow said in a statement.

To free up space for high-definition channels, Cox deployed BigBand Networks' switched digital system in the 240,000-subscriber system. The operator also planned to roll out switched digital video systems in its Phoenix and Orange County, Calif., systems this year.