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HDTV Programming > WB HD...when is it coming to Comcast?
ritterd's Avatar ritterd 02:05 PM 03-05-2004
I am on comcast cable in philadelphia, and do not have the WB as an HDTV channel. I am not sure if it is like this in the rest of the nation, or does comcast carry WB HD in some markets? If it is the case that comcast does not carry WB HD...why?, and when will they?

SonomaSearcher's Avatar SonomaSearcher 02:16 PM 03-05-2004
I am making an educated guess but I believe Comcast now has the contractual right to carry the digital/HD signals of all Tribune-owned WB stations. Comcast and the Tribune Company recently concluded an agreement which encompassed WGN carriage among other carriage issues.

I believe your local WB in Philly is owned by Tribune. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

The first, and currently only, WB digital/HD signal carried by Comcast is in the Seattle area, where Comcast has carried it since December. Consistent with my hypothesis above, the Seattle WB station is owned by the Tribune Company.

One reason I think Seattle Comcast got their local WB's digital/HD signal up and running way before any other Comcast area is to make up (in some small way) for the fact that they don't have their local CBS HD/digital on Comcast yet.

Another reason may be that Seattle Comcast has plenty of available bandwidth -- they currently have 13 HD channels on their system and presumably with room for at least one more as currently configured (CBS, whenever they get the carriage contract in place).
AFH's Avatar AFH 02:26 PM 03-05-2004
In the Jacksonville area Comcast does not carry the WB station but it is not owned by Tribune. I don't know if its like that around the rest of the country. But they also do not carry the WS Fox affil here in Jax. I guess it varies region by region.
RAVEN56706's Avatar RAVEN56706 03:16 PM 03-05-2004
Comcast is expensive by me.
ritterd's Avatar ritterd 03:54 PM 03-05-2004
Thanks for that great contribution RAVEN...I guess you needed to find some way to get 1000 posts.

Now to analyze...do you mean:

a) Comcast is expensive in your opinion
b) Comcast is expensive in your area

Thanks
the q's Avatar the q 06:07 PM 03-05-2004
WPHL _TV here is the WB station here in Philadelphia, and yes, they are owned by Tribiune.

I hope that WPHL will be available in HD on Comcast sometime this summer.
Jeremyfr's Avatar Jeremyfr 09:37 PM 03-05-2004
Both our FOX and WB here in Seattle are owned by Tribune we got them both the same day, I'm sure it was an all or nothing thing which I dont mind at all. 13 HD channels and quickly growing, now the only other thing I cant wait for is HD VOD as I'm already hooked on regular VOD.
drhill's Avatar drhill 10:49 PM 03-05-2004
I thought the main reason Comcast doesn't have WB is because they have so little content and lower demand.
Rakesh.S's Avatar Rakesh.S 10:57 PM 03-05-2004
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Originally posted by drhill
I thought the main reason Comcast doesn't have WB is because they have so little content and lower demand.
that would be pretty foolish if they were to think that..but apparently that is the opinion Comcast engineers have, here in the dallas area..there isn't enough HD on the WB but there's something so special about FOX WS that they have a pressing need to carry it

WB has HDTV on every night pretty much and almost all their scripted shows are in HD..and they certainly do a better job with 1080i and delivering HD than NBC

the only reason i'm not jumping on board with Comcast is for the very reason they don't carry the WB
drhill's Avatar drhill 09:18 AM 03-06-2004
Fox WS = football and baseball
Dannytheman's Avatar Dannytheman 10:22 AM 03-10-2004
WB HD will launch in the phily market on June 1, 2004. I can't answer the rest of the areas, But PA/Northern De, NJ and New England Comcast sites will be up on June 1.

If I find out about the rest of the country I will let you know.
SonomaSearcher's Avatar SonomaSearcher 10:40 AM 03-10-2004
WGN's digital-HD signal will be up on Comcast Chicago on April 1st, I think.

WGN is the WB station for Chicago. (Correct, Chicagoans?)
jsb_hburg's Avatar jsb_hburg 10:50 AM 03-10-2004
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Originally posted by Dannytheman
WB HD will launch in the phily market on June 1, 2004. I can't answer the rest of the areas, But PA/Northern De, NJ and New England Comcast sites will be up on June 1.

If I find out about the rest of the country I will let you know.

Sometimes the Philly market includes Harrisburg. We get WPHL on Comcast-Harrisburg now. So, would the WB HD launch for June 1 include Harrisburg? Thanks in advance.
Marissadad's Avatar Marissadad 11:38 AM 03-10-2004
There is a post in the Portland OTA thread about Comcast in Vancouver, WA putting WB in the HD channel lineup slot. Our WB is HD ready but cannot get the signal up to the tower until they get a microwave receiver up there (hopefully soon).
Gov's Avatar Gov 04:50 PM 03-10-2004
Yes...!!! 4/1 is when Comcast will be carrying WGN-DT!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Cubbies in HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FSugino's Avatar FSugino 06:37 PM 03-10-2004
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Originally posted by SonomaSearcher
WGN's digital-HD signal will be up on Comcast Chicago on April 1st, I think.

WGN is the WB station for Chicago. (Correct, Chicagoans?)
Yes, that's correct. Gilmore Girls, Smallville, and the other WB shows in HD (no more switching to OTA for reception)! And of course, all the Cubs and White Sox home games in HD... Christmas came early to Chicago!
jba115's Avatar jba115 09:29 PM 03-10-2004
Will D* carry WGN-HD or will it be only OTA for Sat subs?
Ken H's Avatar Ken H 09:35 PM 03-10-2004
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Originally posted by jba115
Will D* carry WGN-HD or will it be only OTA for Sat subs?
Not anytime soon. OTA or cable.
openhouse's Avatar openhouse 09:36 PM 03-10-2004
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Originally posted by jba115
Will D* carry WGN-HD or will it be only OTA for Sat subs?
No D* will not carry WGN-DT at this time
in the future maybe, but not now.
jba115's Avatar jba115 09:41 AM 03-11-2004
I know you guys are way ahead of me on this technology, but I do get their prime time shows, Smallville, etc in HD on ch 9-1. Will the White Sox games not be HD? (D* in Chicago)
kevin j's Avatar kevin j 09:46 AM 03-11-2004
the whitesox games'll be in HDTV on WGN-DT[at least the home games]
jba115's Avatar jba115 07:40 PM 03-11-2004
thanks. good news.
SonomaSearcher's Avatar SonomaSearcher 03:46 PM 03-16-2004
So WB HD is up and running on Comcast in Seattle and in Portland, OR. Chicago to follow on 4/1/2004 and Philly on 6/1/2004.

I think someone mentioned above that New England (Boston) is also happening on 6/1/04.

Other Comcast systems likely to follow, depending on bandwidth considerations, (local WB stations being owned by the Tribune Company) are in:

New York (northern NJ; southwestern CT)
Los Angeles
Dallas
Washington DC
Atlanta
Miami
Denver
Indianapolis
Hartford, CT

Also, Tribune owns Fox stations in Sacramento, Indianapolis, Hartford, CT and Harrisburg, PA, so the Comcast systems in those areas are probably ready from a contractual/legal standpoint to carry their respective local Fox digital signals (if any).
SonomaSearcher's Avatar SonomaSearcher 03:04 PM 07-05-2004
So as of today, July 5, 2004, AFAIK Comcast carries the local WB HD in:

Chicago
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Seattle
Portland, OR
Dallas (coming very soon)

Any other Comcast areas where WB HD is on Comcast's HD lineup?
BobColby's Avatar BobColby 04:01 PM 07-05-2004
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Originally posted by SonomaSearcher
So as of today, July 5, 2004, AFAIK Comcast carries the local WB HD in:

Chicago
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Seattle
Portland, OR
Dallas (coming very soon)

Any other Comcast areas where WB HD is on Comcast's HD lineup?
Well, Boston didn't happen on June 1st, that's for sure. Maybe it's on the short list of additions to be made after five analogs are deleted on July 13th.
Scotty6595's Avatar Scotty6595 09:24 PM 07-05-2004
SonomaSearcher, What have you heard about WB-HD in Dallas? Can you be more specific as to what "very soon" means....?

Thanks!

Scotty
SonomaSearcher's Avatar SonomaSearcher 09:45 PM 07-05-2004
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Originally posted by Scotty6595
SonomaSearcher, What have you heard about WB-HD in Dallas? Can you be more specific as to what "very soon" means....?
Read the following thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...postid=3849774

Comcast already has a contract to retransmit the WB HD signal in Dallas, so the technical side of things (bandwidth and/or equipment) would be the only hold-up.

Also, there probably is no sense of urgency until the Fall season rolls around.

However, kcharg is pretty accurate, so if he said 4 weeks at the end of May, your WB HD on Comcast is probably just around the corner. He would have better knowledge of its current status than I do.
MrPorterhouse's Avatar MrPorterhouse 10:05 AM 07-06-2004
WGN is not WB, they are separate networks.

WGN-HD is for the Chicago market only. So the HD Cubbies action can only be enjoyed by Chi-town.:(
thugnerd's Avatar thugnerd 10:12 AM 07-06-2004
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Originally posted by MrPorterhouse
WGN is not WB, they are separate networks.
Wrong, WGN is the WB affiliate in the Chicago area, and it is carried by Comcast. The superstation WGN that everybody else sees doesn't have the WB programming.
kevin j's Avatar kevin j 06:07 PM 07-06-2004
WGN-HD'S also picked up by BEV in canada[or so i've heard]
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