Comcast Adds High Definition Feeds In Advance of FIFA World Cup Soccer

fifa-logo-previewComcast Corporation one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications services, today announced that it will launch three new Hispanic high-definition (HD) networks in Northern California on Cinco de Mayo (see below for list of areas, network affiliates and channel numbers). Beginning May 5th, Univision HD, TeleFutura HD, and Telemundo HD will be available on the Limited Basic HD service level to residential homes and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Univision HD and TeleFutura HD will launch to Limited Basic HD residential and business customers in Central California.

The addition of the new HD channels, in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM), continues Comcast’s commitment of launching more HD channels following recent digital upgrades of customers from analog to digital and the launch of XFINITY in California. XFINITY is about offering customers more HD, more speed, more choice and more control over their services.

Comcast customers who currently have access to the standard-definition feeds of Univision, TeleFutura and Telemundo affiliates will automatically receive the HD versions of the networks, if they have HD service and HD equipment. The three HD networks will be available throughout Comcast’s Bay Area systems with the exception of Half Moon Bay, Isleton, Mendocino and Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. The two new HD networks launching in Central California will not be available in the Chico/Oroville, Coalinga, Gustine, Planada or Sonora/Tuolumne areas. In Central California, two Music Choice music channels will move channel locations to make room for the two new HD networks (see details below).

“These are some of the most-watched networks in the country and we’re excited to offer their compelling programming, including their coverage of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, to Comcast’s California customers in crystal-clear HD,” said Bryan Byrd, Director of Communications for Comcast California. “Comcast continues to deliver the most HD viewing choices with our robust lineup of HD linear channels and thousands of HD choices available to watch at any time via Comcast’s video-on-demand library.”

Comcast has added more than 80 new channels in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last few months after completing a digital migration which offered digital upgrades to Standard Cable customers to migrate from analog to digital, and converted channels 35 and above to a digitally delivered format. Customers in the Central California Area will experience the same benefits as Comcast’s ongoing digital migration reclaims analog bandwidth to allow the company to provide more products and services to customers, such as faster Internet speeds, more networks, dozens of international and multicultural language channels, and more ON DEMAND content.

For more information about Comcast’s programming, customers can call 1-800-COMCAST or visit http://www.comcast.com/.

NEW HIGH-DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS
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List of Areas, Network Affiliates and Channel Numbers
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Channel
New Network Number
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KDTV (Univision) HD 714
KFSF (TeleFutura) HD 716
KSTS-AN (Telemundo) HD 710*

*KSTS-AN (Telemundo) HD will appear on
Channel 713 in Berkeley, Brentwood, El
Cerrito, Hercules, Pittsburg and Richmond.

MONTEREY
Channel
New Network Number
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KSMS (Univision) HD 704

FRESNO / VISALIA / MERCED / LOS BANOS DMA
Channel
New Network Number
———– ——–

KFTV (Univision) HD 702
KTFF (TeleFutura) HD 712

Old
Network Moving Channel New Channel
————– ——– ———–

Music Choice: Hip-Hop and R&B 702 902
Music Choice: Classic Rock 712 912

SACRAMENTO / STOCKTON / MODESTO DMA
Channel
New Network Number
———– ——–

KUVS (Univision) HD 705
KTFK (TeleFutura) HD 711

Old
Network Moving Channel New Channel
————– ——– ———–

Music Choice: Rap 705 905
Music Choice: Reggae 711 911

VACAVILLE, FAIRFIELD, TRAVIS AFB & RIO VISTA
Channel
New Network Number
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KUVS (Univision) HD 705
KTFK (TeleFutura) HD 711

SANTA MARIA
Channel
New Network Number
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KRMR (Univision) HD 220

Univision Communications Inc. (http://www.univision.com/) has been at the heart of Hispanic America for almost 50 years. It’s where Hispanics turn to for the information they need most and the entertainment they prefer and is the reason why Univision continues to be the number one Spanish-language network in the country. Home of must-see novelas, the biggest Latin entertainment television events, the most popular soccer tournaments on the planet and the most trusted news in Spanish, Univision provides Hispanic America with an unparalleled connection to its favorite stars and programming.

TeleFutura (http://www.univision.com/) was created to provide a new range of viewing choices for U.S. Hispanics. By “counter programming” traditional Spanish-language schedules with an innovative lineup of top-quality entertainment, TeleFutura satisfies the tremendous thirst for diverse programming that today’s multifaceted U.S. Hispanic community demands.

Telemundo (http://msnlatino.telemundo.com/) is an innovator in entertainment, sports programs, and news for the Hispanic audience. Telemundo’s content, which includes novelas, specials, variety, entertainment and reality shows, has been broadcasted in over 104 countries around the world and translated/subtitled to more than 35 languages, reaching a total of 36,000 hours of programming aired outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico.