Three Comcast Networks to HD
The Golf Channel, Versus, E! Entertainment Television to Launch in HD by Year-End
By Glen Dickson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/18/2008 1:10:00 PM
Cable giant Comcast said it will launch three of the programming networks it owns -- Versus, The Golf Channel and E! Entertainment Television -- in HD come December as part of the operator’s broad initiative to increase its slate of HD programming.
Comcast currently provides a hybrid Versus/Golf HD channel that offers a mix of content from both networks and is carried by major operators like Cablevision Systems, along with satellite operator DirecTV and telco Verizon Communications. That channel will be replaced by the Versus HD channel, which will be an HD simulcast of the standard-definition Versus network.
The Golf Channel HD and E! HD, which will also be simulcasts of the SD networks, will have to negotiate for fresh channel assignments with multichannel operators. Comcast Networks hasn’t announced any carriage deals for the new networks, but one could reasonably expect that Comcast cable systems will carry the services at launch.
Save your $$: SD/480i field production upconverted to HD is virtually indistinguishable from true HD. Use true HD for well-lit anchor desks in studio and field, upconvert the rest and you'll be lookin' good for less. Then you can give ALL of your subscribers HD boxes at no extra charge so broadcast signals aren't degraded by your "starter digital" boxes that don't pass thru any true digital, SD or HD.
Adam Smith - 6/18/2008 5:37:00 PM EDT
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