The ABB Ultimate HD Channel Thread
I've been working on this, keeping track of what Atlantic Broadband has to offer in HD channels.
I'll update this as things change. South Florida and the Eastern Shore of MD got an HD boost this month. Once I figure out how to post it here, I'd like to have a table with this the way they do at AVSforum. Here is the master list for each of the major 6 Atlantic Broadband clusters.
I have included national cable channels only, and have excluded regional sports networks that only are available in certain footprints. Some markets could run their HD channel count up a lot more with multiple locals (like here in Cumberland).
This is what I came up with:
Cumberland: 44 national HD channels, 9 premium HD channels, 53 total
Altoona/Johnstown: 30 national HD channels, 7 premium HD channels, 37 total
Uniontown: 48 national HD channels, 23 premium HD channels, 71 total
Eastern Shore: 56 national HD channels, 31 premium HD channels, 87 total
South Florida: 65 national HD channels, 12 premium HD channels, 77 total
South Carolina: 44 national HD channels, 6 premium HD channels, 50 total
Everywhere: These HD channels are in all 6 clusters. I count 26 of these.
ABC Family HD
Animal Planet HD
Food Network HD
Fox News HD
National Geographic HD
NFL Network HD
Wide: These HD channels are in at least 50% of the clusters. Listed beside these are the clusters missing them. I count 22 of these.
AMC HD (Altoona/Johnstown, Uniontown, South Carolina)
Bravo HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
Cartoon Network HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
CMT HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown)
Comedy Central HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
Disney XD HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown, South Carolina)
ESPNEWS HD (Altoona/Johnstown, South Florida, South Carolina)*
Golf Channel HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
Hallmark Channel HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
LMN HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
MSNBC HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
MTV HD (Altoona/Johnstown, Eastern Shore, South Carolina)
NBC Sports Network HD (South Carolina)
NFL RedZone HD (Uniontown)
Nickelodeon HD (Altoona/Johnstown, South Carolina)
Speed HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
Spike HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
Travel Channel HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
truTV HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown)
TCM HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
VH1 HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown, South Carolina)
Weather Channel HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown)
*-I included ESPNEWS HD for Cumberland as MASN2 HD (channel 748) airs ESPNEWS 24 hours a day except during baseball season, where it airs it 20 hours a day (4 hours being for overflow Orioles/Nationals pregame, game and postgame show)
Limited: These HD channels are in less than 50% of the clusters. Here I list the clusters that have these channels. I count 24 of these.
BBC America HD (South Florida)
BET HD (South Florida)
BTN HD (Altoona/Johnstown)
ESPNU HD (South Florida, South Carolina)
Fox Business Network HD (South Florida)
Hallmark Movie Channel HD (South Florida)
HDNet (South Florida, South Carolina)
HDNet Movies (South Florida, South Carolina)
H2 HD (South Florida)
HLN HD (Eastern Shore, South Florida)
HSN HD (Uniontown, Eastern Shore)
IFC HD (Eastern Shore, South Florida)
ID HD (Eastern Shore, South Florida)
NatGeo Wild HD (Eastern Shore)
OWN HD (Eastern Shore, South Florida)
Outdoor Channel HD (Cumberland, Altoona/Johnstown)
Oxygen HD (South Florida)
Planet Green HD (Eastern Shore)
QVC HD (Uniontown, Eastern Shore)
Smithsonian Channel HD (South Florida)
Style HD (Eastern Shore, South Florida)
TBN HD (South Florida)
Tennis Channel HD (South Florida)
Wealth TV HD (South Florida)
Premiums: These 6 are everywhere.
HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Starz Kids & Family, Encore, Showtime
HBO 2, Showtime 2 and Starz Comedy are Wide. Starz Edge and TMC are the only other premiums seen beyond the Eastern Shore or Uniontown, which are to my knowledge, the only all-digital systems.
The Eastern Shore and Uniontown systems had the same additional HD premiums in HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Comedy, HBO Zone, HBO Latino, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, TMC Xtra, MoreMax, ActionMax and ThrillerMax.
Effective 3/1, the Eastern Shore added HBO West, HBO2 West, Encore West, Starz West, Starz Cinema, RetroPlex, Showtime West and Showtime 2 West. They now have 31 HD premiums which is really very good.
In total, there are 103 HD channels in the ABB sphere now, and that's getting closer to the bigger guys. But everyone has room for improvement. A lot of those limiteds in South Florida are new to ABB as of 2/28.