For those keeping count, Comcast now offers 130 HD channels.
Nationally, cable is playing catch-up to satellite providers DirecTV and DishNet in terms of HD channel offerings. Charlie Ergen's Colorado-based Dish Network boasts 200-plus HD channels. DirectTV has more than 160 HD channels.
But Comcast still rules. So when the cable provider increases its offerings, the TV habits of many viewers are subject to change. This month, Denver and Boulder join a long list of local communities to get Comcast's latest digital and HD channel additions. About 52 percent of all households will be high-def in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The good news for TV consumers? More options.
If you've been waiting for the Prairie Farm Report, the RFD network is for you.
If vicarious fly-fishing is your thing, Sportsman is here at last.
Michael Landon in "Highway to Heaven" reruns? On Insp (Inspiration), a Christian-themed network.
College sports and nothing but? ESPNU has games and recruiting news.
On the artsy end, a range of dance, art, theater, photography and musical offerings is available on Ovation. Also reruns of the daring "Tipping the Velvet."
Comcast says subscribers in Denver and Boulder will get these new channels between now and August. Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and others have already launched.
Under their new brand, XFinity, Comcast will offer "100+ HD channels, 50 foreign-language channels, 20,000 VOD (video on demand) choices, and even faster Internet speeds." But if you're not already on a digital tier, it will cost you.
We'll still think of them as Comcast, of course, because XFinity is not only confusing, but it make us wonder what they're trying to hide by inventing a new handle? Sort of like Blackwater rebranding as Xe.
Visit the Comcast website, comcast.com/digital
, to get free equipment that allows you to get the new digital signals.