Originally posted by Brodequin
Any word on Comcast SportsNet in HD? I'd like to see the Wizards in HD. Seems like a logical addition, perhaps it will show up after the channel rearrangement (I can hope).
Don't bet on it. Take a look at the e-mail that I sent to Comcast yesterday. I received a reply five hours later. I'm listing both my e-mail and the reply I've received.My E-mail
Dear Sir or Madam,
When will WTVR CBS be available in HDTV through Comcast here in Richmond? When will Comcast Sportsnet HD be available in HDTV in Richmond? Please note that the previous two channels mentioned are already broadcasting in HDTV, either in other areas or over the air. Also, WRLH Fox Richmond is currently upgrading their equipment and will be broadcasting in HDTV by the end of the month. Will Comcast be able to show their signal? Thank you for your time.Comcast's Reply
Thank you for contacting Comcast Cable.
Currently, we are in negotiations with broadcasters to provide more HD
programming. At this time, we do not have a proposed launch date for
additional HD channels. Our current HD line-up consists of 10 channels,
listed as follows:
173 ESPN HD
174 In Demand HD1
175 In Demand HD2
176 Cinemax HD
177 Starz HD
178 Showtime HD
179 HBO HD
180 ABC HD
181 NBC HD
189 Discovery HD - launched 8/2/04
As further HD channels become available, we will be notifying our
customers via digital messages, bill inserts and possibly
advertisements. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more
Comcast Customer Care Specialist
Edit: I should also note that I sent the above e-mail after talking with a Comcast Richmond technical support representative over the phone. When I asked about the local channels (WTVR and WRLH), the representative first tried to tell me that neither channel was broadcasting in HDTV, and that was why Comcast was not carrying either. When I told him that was only partially true, and that WTVR was in fact broadcasting in HDTV and WRLH will probably follow very soon, he put me on hold for a long period of time. When he came back, he said that their equipment guys were working on getting WTVR's signal straightened out (he admitted to me that they told him a bunch of technical things that he didn't understand), but he couldn't promise a date. I asked him if what the equipment guys told him sounded promising, trying to get him to speculate to a time frame. He refused, simply saying that he didn't know. He said nothing about WRLH, and told me that he was unaware of any conflict between Sinclair Broadcasting and Comcast. He did say though that he believes that Comcast would carry the HDTV signal from WRLH soon after it becomes available over the air.
I then asked him about Comcast Sportsnet HD. He again put me on hold for a few minutes while he looked up information. When he came back, he told me he couldn't acquire any information about Comcast Sportsnet HD, and suggested I try and contact the Comcast head office. He said that he was limited to certain information available in Richmond, and he told me that he wasn't even able to connect to the internet to look up information from other areas. That sounded strange, but it was obvious to me that he really couldn't help that much, so I took his advice and e-mailed Comcast, as shown above.