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osravens

join:2011-01-26
Cumberland, MD
reply to Acct101

Re: [Content] So does Comcast ever add channels?

I saw the 1400 MHz post, and knew that wasn't accurate.

One of the things Comcast has against it is that many of its systems are 750MHz, and not 860MHz. That has handicapped them compared to some other operators.

From the Comcast site, it's looking like there aren't that many deals upcoming. Time Warner Cable, who is a lot more transparent on these type of things (and much better at adding HD channels) has big comprehensive deals with A&E Networks, Discovery Networks and Viacom, so they have a slight excuse in some things being delayed for them.

On Demand is not a substitute for linear channels. It's a nice supplement, but the menus aren't as user-friendly, and the programming is getting lost.



camper
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join:2010-03-21
Bethel, CT
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said by osravens:

One of the things Comcast has against it is that many of its systems are 750MHz, and not 860MHz. That has handicapped them compared to some other operators.

 
imo, that's a self-inflicted handicap.

With Comcast's cash flow and earnings, if Comcast had wanted to invest in the future and provide more HD channels for its customers, they could have.


motorola870

join:2008-12-07
Arlington, TX
kudos:3

said by camper:

said by osravens:

One of the things Comcast has against it is that many of its systems are 750MHz, and not 860MHz. That has handicapped them compared to some other operators.

 
imo, that's a self-inflicted handicap.

With Comcast's cash flow and earnings, if Comcast had wanted to invest in the future and provide more HD channels for its customers, they could have.

but having 750MHz systems is not an excuse as to why Comcast doesn't have a ton of HD channels. TWC and Cablevision have a ton of 750MHz systems and yet they have a ton of HD channels. The real problem is how Comcast is managing bandwidth it has been known that in the Philly region they have 10+ QAMs sitting open.

TWC although has to be given credit though they have upgrades some of their systems from 750MHz to 860MHz right after the Adelphia purchase as well as a recent 750MHz to 1GHz rebuilt in all of the Hawaii system was rebuilt.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

said by motorola870:

said by camper:

said by osravens:

One of the things Comcast has against it is that many of its systems are 750MHz, and not 860MHz. That has handicapped them compared to some other operators.

 
imo, that's a self-inflicted handicap.

With Comcast's cash flow and earnings, if Comcast had wanted to invest in the future and provide more HD channels for its customers, they could have.

but having 750MHz systems is not an excuse as to why Comcast doesn't have a ton of HD channels. TWC and Cablevision have a ton of 750MHz systems and yet they have a ton of HD channels. The real problem is how Comcast is managing bandwidth it has been known that in the Philly region they have 10+ QAMs sitting open.

TWC although has to be given credit though they have upgrades some of their systems from 750MHz to 860MHz right after the Adelphia purchase as well as a recent 750MHz to 1GHz rebuilt in all of the Hawaii system was rebuilt.

also comcast does not have SDV.

so they don't have Premier League Extra Time as real channels.

No game 3-9 HD

No team 2-9 HD

no ESPN Goal Line HD/ESPN Buzzer Beater HD

No big ten ALT HD

but some how they have red zone HD


KA3SGM
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reply to motorola870

said by motorola870:

The real problem is how Comcast is managing bandwidth it has been known that in the Philly region they have 10+ QAMs sitting open.

I am thinking that Comcast has something different in mind here in the Philly market, since this is "home base" for them..

Believe me, if you aren't from the area, this is a serious test market, even if they don't always test their newest products here first.
I have seen them running TONS of new fiber around town, and have been wondering what they are really up to.

Possibly a FTTC, or FTTH play?
I don't think they need to do that yet, but their fastest 305, and 505 internet tiers already require FTTH, so a 1Gpps "Google Fiber" equivalent type of offering wouldn't be much more of a stretch.

All of their newer boxes are MPEG4 ready, and 10 or more QAM channels is actually a good starting point for a transition to an (almost)100% IPTV format.

They could go either way, by either adding 30-40 MPEG4 HD channels, or going to SDV/IPTV.

Their X1 platform is already MPEG4 ready, which would give their highest tier customers immediate access to the newest HD channel additions.
A FTTH gateway to the home, then Coax within the home, and separating the Internet from the TV??
It would definitely blow Fios out of the water, and probably set them back a few years.

Since I have Comcast AND Fios, I will give it at least another 6 months or so, to see who makes the grandest technology leap first, and that's where I will dump the "underachiever" for the best entertainment deal possible.

Decisions, Decisions.....
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JeepMatt
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Based on the number of "IPTV" positions on their Careers site - I think that's the future...
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"ONE team - ONE city - ONE dream!!"



JeepMatt
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FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF..

FIOS just added Cooking Channel HD today. Now i'm officially pissed. (And yes, I realize that it IS offered in some systems - naturally 30 minutes away in Center City for the past TWO years).



cypherstream
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Reading, PA
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Yeah cooking HD looks great on DirecTV!



mountlaurel

@comcast.net

Went to my local Comcast service center yesterday to pay my bill. Just for the hell of it I asked the lady at the counter-Will there more HD channels added anytime soon (Garden State, NJ) and lady answers back to me "You will know before we know" Classic Comcast answer. I was going to reply back "But your the Comcast employee not me" but I knew it wasn't worth it.



JeepMatt
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Dear God.
Just looked at AT&T's U-Verse HD lineup. They have practically every channel available.

IPTV over copper crushing Comcast's offerings. Wow.
--
"ONE team - ONE city - ONE dream!!"


andyross
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join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL

But can you really call U-Verse's HD as real HD? They have to compress the hell out of it to get 3-4 streams per household.



Spiderman865

join:2005-12-27
Joliet, IL
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reply to JeepMatt

said by JeepMatt:

Dear God.
Just looked at AT&T's U-Verse HD lineup. They have practically every channel available.

IPTV over copper crushing Comcast's offerings. Wow.

They do have a few missing such as NHL Network, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel to name a few. But they do have a lot more than Comcast. Brother in law has it here in the Chicago area and the HD line-up is impressive. Picture quality IMHO, looks just as good as C* HD.
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Yesh

daninfamous

join:2009-08-06
Bourbonnais, IL
reply to Acct101

I miss my uverse hd tv. I had like 12 HD HBO's if uverse had more bandwith it would crush imo. I wish comcast would hurry up with the IPTV model



mount laurel

@army.mil

Just looked at my DEC due bill online. Nothing being added to Comcast of Garden State, NJ.


S10driver35

join:2009-09-29
New Castle, DE
reply to Acct101

Just got my December bill for Comcast of NCC and nothing being added



JeepMatt
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Awesome! 2013 - the year of nothing. Guess those promises from corporate back in March were BS.

(Honestly, I didn't expect anything in December - it's a shut-down month from a technology angle)

Now 80 HD channels behind the leading MSO.
--
"ONE team - ONE city - ONE dream!!"



mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV

I'm glad I jumped ship to directv and got more hd channels, all the rsns I want and of course the genie with 5 tuners. With Comcast I'd probably be waiting til next fall for the x1 plus who knows when they will add more hd channels


andyross
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join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
reply to Acct101

In my latest bill, we will be getting 'El Rey' (SD) in December. But we will be losing SOAPnet and G4.



Spiderman865

join:2005-12-27
Joliet, IL
Reviews:
·Comcast

said by andyross:

In my latest bill, we will be getting 'El Rey' (SD) in December. But we will be losing SOAPnet and G4.

Xfinity's ad campaign should be "Xfinity-The leader in SD additions".
--
Yesh

LoveHD

join:2011-07-31
reply to andyross

said by andyross:

In my latest bill, we will be getting 'El Rey' (SD) in December. But we will be losing SOAPnet and G4.

SOAPnet and G4 will cease operations soon. For SOAPnet, it ends in December. For G4, it will end in January 2014.

LoveHD

join:2011-07-31
reply to Spiderman865

said by Spiderman865:

said by andyross:

In my latest bill, we will be getting 'El Rey' (SD) in December. But we will be losing SOAPnet and G4.

Xfinity's ad campaign should be "Xfinity-The leader in SD additions".

I disagree.

The slogan should read: "xfinity - the leader in No Expectations."

LoveHD

join:2011-07-31
reply to osravens

Re: So does Comcast ever add channels?

said by osravens:

I don't know how believable it is, but someone at the Comcast forums was posting a couple weeks ago that Houston will be the first market to see a major HD upgrade of 37 channels between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that other markets would follow.

In going through his posts, 4 of the 37 I pieced together were The Blaze HD, Fox Sports 2 HD, Universal Sports HD and beIn Sports HD. How believable this is, I don't know. But it's at least worth discussing that something might be in the works. I've not found anything more official yet, so for now, it's merely speculation. I would at least think that C-SPAN HD, Cooking HD, Disney Jr. HD, Ovation HD, Smithsonian HD, TVGN HD, IndiePlex HD and RetroPlex HD are included in that, as they've been commonly added in other Comcast markets this year out West.

It's not like they lack the bandwidth, and it's not like they don't have the contractual ability to get whatever they want.

Is there any reason Comcast has not yet added TV Land HD? The high def has been around, I think, for two years. Since November 2011. AT&T U-verse carries it. DirecTV carries it. Time-Warner Cable and Bright House Networks carries TV Land HD.

MTV 2 HD is another one. Both are part of the Viacom brands. Between the two, TV Land HD is more critical.

osravens

join:2011-01-26
Cumberland, MD

Comcast hides the status of their contract negotiations a lot more than Time Warner Cable does, so it's hard to say when their Viacom negotiations come up. Some of the new Viacom HD launches (Nick Jr. HD, Nicktoons HD) have been held back from TWC because of negotiations coming up right now.

I think it's really because Comcast is just ambivalent about HD. Not only do they lack MTV2 HD and TV Land HD, they lack Sundance HD, they lack OWN HD and Military HD. A lot of markets are still missing Cooking HD and DIY HD. Some still lack channels like GSN HD, NatGeo Wild HD, BBC America HD and BTN HD. All of these channels have either launched in the last 2 years or become much more commonplace, and it doesn't even touch the lack of HD premium content, both in movie channels and in sports packages.

Charter has received a lot of press recently for CEO Tom Rutledge calling their video product "inferior". Comcast now in many ways is where Charter was before Tom Rutledge, and since they're all digital, there's not really any technological reason that HD channels aren't being added.


joejoejeo

join:2006-04-02
Bloomington, IN

So as I said before there is so much contract renuals that Comcast has to do by the end of the year that they are focusing on that so that they can see how much space they have and want to keep people happy with the channels.they have first before adding any others.


osravens

join:2011-01-26
Cumberland, MD

95% of the things listed on Comcast's website regarding such negotiations are for local channels. At least according to that, they have no major negotiations occurring that would hold up HD channel additions.



Asom

@google.com

Also that Comcast page doesn't work anymore. FSN's have been on their. Like Olathe/MO doesn't have like Yes Network,NESN,FSN's,Sun Sports,Ovation SD because it has the HD version,WFN HD yet. Other HD Channels that Comcast doesn't have yet CSPN 2 and 3,Fusion TV,ZAPITTV and so on.


joejoejeo

join:2006-04-02
Bloomington, IN
reply to osravens

They are not adding any channels untill all the renewals happen by the end of the year, so they can know how many channels/quom locations are oppen so they can add more channels. And also Comcast does not a nounce upcoming channals being added until the month before. They only do the renewals so that you can see. tthat they are committed in getting these renewed. The renewels website does not just show local channels being renewed it also shows national channels as well



Spiderman865

join:2005-12-27
Joliet, IL
Reviews:
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reply to LoveHD

Re: [Content] So does Comcast ever add channels?

said by LoveHD:

said by Spiderman865:

said by andyross:

In my latest bill, we will be getting 'El Rey' (SD) in December. But we will be losing SOAPnet and G4.

Xfinity's ad campaign should be "Xfinity-The leader in SD additions".

I disagree.

The slogan should read: "xfinity - the leader in No Expectations."

Good one!
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Yesh


JeepMatt
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Here's a thread for the poster who always wants the MLB EI Game channels in HD - naturally it's not Comcast - but, yet another MSO stepping up.

»Subscription Sports in HD coming
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"ONE team - ONE city - ONE dream!!"


osravens

join:2011-01-26
Cumberland, MD
reply to joejoejeo

Re: So does Comcast ever add channels?

That's bull.

Comcast has tons of open QAM's. Space is not the issue. They have 20+ open QAM's in the Philadelphia region, and since most systems have the same amount of HD channels and are 750MHz, I'd venture to say the same exists on other systems.