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Comcast adds HD channels and AnyRoom On Demand
by funchords 11:12PM Thursday May 01 2008
Press Release...
Hundreds of Choices Now Available in HD; Offering Allows Customers to Start
a Video On Demand Show in One Room and Finish it in Another

BEAVERTON, Ore., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Comcast, the country's
leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and
services, is launching eleven new high-definition (HD) networks in the
Oregon and SW Washington Market and one new standard definition channel,
the company announced today. The new HD channels will include: Disney
Channel HD, ABC Family Channel HD, Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD, Science
Channel HD, Food Network HD, Animal Planet HD, SciFi HD, CNN HD, AMC HD,
TBS HD. NHL Network will launch in standard definition on the Sport and
Entertainment tier. The addition of the eleven channels is part of the
commitment Comcast has made to offer more choice in high-definition content
available to Comcast HD customers, along with hundreds of HD choices
instantly available through Comcast On Demand.

In addition, Comcast today announced the launch of AnyRoom(TM) On
Demand, available now to all Digital Cable customers. AnyRoom allows
customers to select Channel 1 On Demand programs on one television and view
them on any other TV in the home that has a digital cable box. Digital
Cable customers with On Demand do not need to make any changes or add
equipment to take advantage of the AnyRoom feature, and it is completely
free of charge.

Ten of the new HD networks will launch on the Digital Starter HD
service level in Oregon and SW Washington communities, with the Science
Channel launching on Digital Classic and the NHL Network launching on the
Sports and Entertainment tier. The new services will appear on the
following channels:



NEW NETWORK CHANNEL

Disney Channel HD 741
ABC Family HD 739
TBS HD 755
Discovery Channel HD 707
Science Channel HD 772
Food Network HD 766
SciFi HD 759
Animal Planet HD 743
TLC HD 738
CNN HD 744
AMC HD 771
NHL Network 418

"With Comcast HD service, it's a matter of choice. We offer more HD
viewing choices than any other provider including 75 movies in HD and
popular network shows available at any time," said Lars Lofas, vice
president of marketing for Comcast in Oregon and SW Washington. "We are
also committed to providing our customers with the ultimate TV viewing
experience and the

addition of AnyRoom technology is yet another value added feature that
allows them to view their favorite programming, whenever and wherever they
want to watch."



How AnyRoom Works

-- The "Saved Programs" list is shared among all digital cable boxes
within a household registered to the same account, allowing On Demand
movies or shows to be ordered in one room and then viewed in another.
It also allows customers to watch the same program from two or more
different digital boxes simultaneously.
-- To continue watching or to restart a program in another room, customers
can simply go to the "Saved Programs" folder on their On Demand Main
Menu and select the desired program. It will resume where left off.
-- All On Demand programs more than 19 minutes in length are included in
the AnyRoom feature. Any free, premium channel or paid programs can be
watched during the "rental window" of the program on any TV in the home
that has a digital cable box.
-- All program titles that are saved on one digital box will be displayed
in the "Saved Programs" list on other digital boxes throughout the
home. Parents are encouraged to regularly confirm that their Parental
Control locks are in place as appropriate on each digital box
throughout the home. Information about Parental Control features can
be found at »www.comcast.com/parental_control ··· controls or by calling the
dedicated parental control hotline at 1-866-781-1888.

"We're providing more than 400 HD On Demand choices, including 36 HD
channels, and are quickly moving to our goal of having up to 1,000 HD
choices available to our customers at any time. With HD channels, movies,
sports and network choices available in HD On Demand and the ability of our
Comcast digital video recorders to record choices in super clear
high-definition format, there is always something to watch in HD. The
future of television is HD content available on the customer's schedule,
and we're committed to delivering that to Oregon and SW Washington," added
Lofas.

AnyRoom On Demand is one of several features that enable customers to
watch programs on their own terms. Earlier this year, Panasonic and Comcast
announced the industry's first Portable DVR/DVD player powered by
tru2way(TM) technology at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. The
Comcast/Panasonic co-branded AnyPlay(TM) Portable DVR (P-DVR) will allow
Comcast customers to record programming at home and take it with them
wherever they go. The P-DVR will be available beginning in early 2009.

Comcast's On Demand library offers access to more than 10,000 titles
every month and is continually growing; last month Comcast announced it
surpassed its 7 billionth On Demand view and 1 billion hours watched since
2003. Comcast customers will have access to more than 1,000 HD choices in
2008, and beginning next year, Comcast plans to offer more than 6,000
movies a month On Demand, with more than 3,000 in HD.

For more information on Comcast's HDTV service or AnyRoom On Demand,
customers can call 1-800-COMCAST or visit »www.comcast.com.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (»www.comcast.com) is
the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and
communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers,
13.2 million high-speed Internet customers, and 4.6 million voice
customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management
and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming
content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment
Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout,
TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which
develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a
majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the
Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball
team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.


SOURCE Comcast Corporation

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