Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now
Keep in mind that not all of CT has NESN. Everyone except for the Danbury system does, I believe. Danbury has YES HD instead. The rest of CT gets YES HD games when they're available and NESN isn't broadcasting in HD. It could be the reverse in your area since you're closer to NY, if you get NESN HD at all. Or maybe by next season everyone has both, who knows what will happen.
Again, TNT-HD isn't available to anyone on Comcast in CT at the moment except for New Haven who has it or is getting it soon.
Anyway, I guess we'll see what happens. I know the changes won't happen overnight, nothing ever does with Comcast. My area is 750 mhz currently, and with all the reconfiguring of the lineups and QAM 256 in place, I would guess we have room for more HD. But maybe not.
I believe that the reason that the Comcast areas that get YES HD games only when NESN doesn't hav ea game is because of a lack of bandwidth. If you look around, you'll see that cable systems that have newer headends and more bandwidth (860mhz like Tele-Media) carry regional sports networks on dedicated channels. For example, Adelphia in Norwich has NESN HD on it's own channel, 773, as opposed to Comcast throughout CT where NESN HD broadcasts preempt INHD. Also, take a look at Cablevision in Litchfield where they get MSG HD, YES HD, and NESN HD, all on independent channels. I think that before next baseball season starts, you'll see Comcast give YES HD and NESN HD their own channels, depending on the bandwidth on each system.
As far as NESN being offered or not, it is offered on every cable system in the Boston broadcast territory, with the exception of the Waterbury-Naugatuck area. This is because Adelphia doesn't have a big customer base in New England, and adding NESN here would cost a lot. But now that we will be part of Comcast, I've been told that they will almost surely add it. As a matter of fact, the director of Marketing for the Northeast Region of Adelphia has told me that when he meets with the Comcast people, the first thing he's going to tell them they need to do is add NESN. Afterall, the way it will work out is it will cost every CT Comcast subscriber half a penny more a month for Comcast to add NESN in the Waterbury and Naugatuck Valley area.
Like you said, we'll have to wait and see what happens. No one knows exactly when it will all start, or in what order.