While I'm sure OS & others have already seen this posted other places, it appears Comcast is doing a wide-scale drop of the following channels around Dec 10th:
(While some may have never been in HD on any of their systems, I decided may as well post them all - in the interest of expediency, I will refer to the StarzEncore channels, as Encore only...)
Starz Edge, in Black, Comedy, Cinema, Kids & Family
Encore Classic, Suspense, Family & Espanol
As far as the remaining Starz (primary) channel...it will go to a la carte only. BUT reports are saying if Comcast does not come to an agreement by end of this year, it will be totally removed from all their systems.
As far as the remaining Encore channels...they will remain in their current Preferred/Digital Preferred packages at least until end of this year; if Comcast does not come to an agreement by end of this year, they will be totally removed from all their systems.
No mention was made of MoviePlex, which IS carried in lower tiers like Starter on some systems...(it is on ours)
For the subs that are loosing Starz out of their packages - Comcast is adding the 3 additional Epix linear channels to replace the lost Starz ones. Of course, NO mention was made if these (also) will be in HD. (my educated guess is NO...but maybe we'll be surprised
) Or maybe while the current primary channel is HD on QAM, perhaps the 3 added ones will be in HD, but X1/IP-only.
For the subs that are loosing the Encore channels - Comcast is adding a new suite of 4 "ScreenPix" channels to replace the lost Encore channels; they are:
Again, NO mention was made if any of these will be in HD; for that matter, while the notice specifically calls these "suite of channels", I question if they actually will be linear channels...& instead simply be (guide) pointers to On-Demand content - like they did when they concocted that Hitz OND service, to replace removing Cinemax from some bundled packages?