Bright House adding 15 HD channels in September including AMC HD, Fox News HD, Cinemax HD and sports channels
posted by Etan Horowitz on Aug 6, 2009 2:28:02 PM
On September 5, Bright House Networks is rolling out 15 new high definition channels to Central Florida customers. These additions will give Bright House a total of 64 HD channels and will put the cable provider closer to its stated goal of reaching 100 HD channels by the end of the year.
The addition of AMC HD will come a few weeks after the new season of Mad Men starts.
Seven of the HD channels will be free while three will be on the premium tier and five will be in the sports tier.
Free HD channels
AMC HD, channel 1358
Biography HD, channel 1347
CBS College Sports HD, channel 1016
ESPN News HD, channel 1328
Fox News HD, channel 1323
Palladia, channel 1373 (music programming, owned by MTV Networks)
WGN HD, channel 1015
New premium HD channels
Cinemax HD, channel 1251
Starz HD, channel 1288
The Movie Channel HD, channel 1271
New Sports Pack HD channels
Big Ten Network HD, channel 1002
NBA TV HD, channel 1008
NHL Network HD, channel 1003
Tennis Channel HD, channel 1007
Yes Network HD, channel 1006
Bright House will also add three standard definition channels on September 5 to the sports pack and two to the Nuestros Canales services. Those channels are:
Fox College Sports Atlantic, channel 185
Fox College Sports Central, channel 186
Fox College Sports Pacific, channel 187
Discovery Familia, channel 620
Gol TV, channel 623
All 20 channels will be delivered with a new technology known as Switched Digital Video (SDV). Although the customer won't notice any difference, delivering channels with SDV allows Bright House to more effectively use its bandwidth to deliver more HD channels and services.
Without SDV, every channel is constantly being sent to all home regardless if anybody is watching it or not. But SDV channels are only sent to someone's TV when they tune to one of them. Bright House spokeswoman Sara Brady said the company started using SDV to deliver some channels a few months ago.
Although Bright House cable box customers won't notice a difference with SDV channels, customers who use a TiVo and CableCARDs from Bright House will need to order a special adapter to be able to tune in the SDV channels.
Brady said TiVo customers with compatible models can order up to two adapters for free a year. After that, each adapter will cost $3.80 a month.http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/eta...inemax-hd.html