Qwest Choice TV Inks Carriage Deals

Qwest Communications International announced several additions to its Qwest Choice TV lineup in Denver and Phoenix.

The telco said the service uses video-digital-subscriber-line and “fiber-to-the-neighborhood” technologies to offer fully integrated voice, video and high-speed-data to residential customers.

In addition to the previously available option of an HBO/Cinemax suite of premium programming, an expanded Starz/Showtime 30-network package is available, along with the option to purchase all of the above premium channels and Sundance Channel.

The new Starz/Showtime package includes all of the Starz- and Encore-branded networks; two new channels, IndiePlex and RetroPlex; and the full family of networks from Showtime and The Movie Channel for $14.99 per month.

The regional Bell operating company said Qwest Choice TV HDTV customers will now have access to HBO HD, Cinemax HD and The Movie Channel HD at no additional charge if they are subscribers to the corresponding premium packages.

NFL Network HD and Food Network HD -- which are not currently available full-time on cable in either area -- will also be added to Qwest Choice HD.

And in Phoenix, Qwest added local stations KASW HD and KTVK HD, saying the latter is not available via cable.

As far as standard-definition channels, additions to the service’s lineup include Fox Reality, Lifetime Real Women, The Outdoor Channel and NBC Weather Plus with local affiliate coverage from KUSA in Denver and from KPNX in Phoenix.

The Qwest TV Latino package will now include Puerto Rico-fed WAPA America, bringing its number of channels to 40.