The purpose of this thread is to collect all the information, from whatever sources, about HD DVR launches on Comcast systems. Accuracy of information not guaranteed, of course, as timelines may change because of technical problems and other factors. Also, some sources (such as CSR's) may be questionable.
Deployment was originally planned to begin in fall 2003, but was delayed until between late January 2004 and June 2004 in most systems, and until Fall 2004 in the balance of the systems (mostly systems in Comcast's West Division-- Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco and other western areas).
Comcast systems launching HD DVR's, with launch date(s) and projected HD DVR model:
1) Washington, DC (Prince George's & Montgomery Counties, MD): January 21-28, 2004 ; Motorola 6208
2) New Jersey: Unknown 2004 ;
3) Sacramento: Unknown 2004 (originally November 12; December 17; then, January 17, 2004); Motorola 6412
4) Fresno: Unknown 2004 (was November 12, then December or January); Motorola 6412
5) Maryland (Baltimore area): Unknown 2004; Motorola 6208 or Scientific Atlanta 8000HD ???
6) Nashville: Unknown 2004 (was November or December 2003); Motorola 6208
7) San Francisco Bay Area: March or April 2004 (was November 2003; December 17, 2003); Motorola 6208
8) Los Angeles: April 2004 ; Motorola 6208
9) Chicago: May 2004; Motorola 6208
10) Atlanta: May 2004 ; Motorola 6208
11) Chattanooga, TN: Summer 2004; Motorola 6408
12) Seattle: Unknown 2004; Motorola 6412
Further updates coming soon.
Rental cost for all areas: Varies, usually consisting of $9.95 for "DVR service" and $5 per month or more for the STB rental.
Digital cable subscription required.
Install cost of up to $22 or more. (Amount may vary by area.)
Self-installs (exchange current STB for HD DVR at local office) not available in most areas.
Also note: The "launch date" may be the date they start taking appointments via customer service, not the date you can actually get the DVR.
Non-HD DVR's are available in various areas: Arlington, VA (Scientific Atlanta); Ft. Myers, FL; areas of New Jersey.