In today's Sacramento Bee there's an article in the Business section confirming that Comcast will offer HD in the Sacramento area starting May 1st. At first they will offer in HD ABC, NBC, HBO and Showtime. Soon other HD channels will follow.
I called 3 times to confirm HD in Sac and twice I was told yes. The last CRS I talked to didn't know what HD was. When I called today the CRS said that tomorrow is the training day for the HD information.
Called Comcast yesterday and the rep that I was talking with added me to the early-interest list. I got a tracking number and pretty much assured that I would getting one of the early boxes after May 1st.
Apparently, there are only a limited amount of HD tuner boxes available. The pricing will be an extra $5/month for ABC, NBC, HBO, & SHO, plus any install charges (can't imagine what that means). The number I called was 800-824-2000.
I would assume the $5 extra would be in addition to digital cable, since the CSR asked if I currently had dig cable and checked my account for services. I would be inclined to ask about HBO and SHO, if you get those for $5 automatically or if you have to pay for the whole multiplex thing...
Hopefully, this little test or trial or whatever they want to call it, runs smoothly enough for Comcast to broaden their spectrum and push more channels as well as expand their coverage area. I don't know how long it will be until Comcast pushes the HD down to Stockton and Manteca, but I am waiting!
An older friend of mine is interested in putting her shiny new HDTV to its intended use. I told her HD services would be available from Comcast starting May 1, and she is extremely interested.
However, she only subscribes to basic cable. No digital, no nothing. She pretty much just watches the local stations. Does anyone know if she can order just the HD box for the 5 bux a month? Will she have to upgrade to a digital level in order to get the local HD stations? She isn't interested in HBO or Showtime, but any of the locals she is definately interested in.
I talked to a Comcast employee today and was told that you do not need to subscribe to digital cable to get the new service. The $5 per month gets you the new HD box. You will get the KXTV and KCRA DTV signals. You will get HBO and Showtime only if you subscribe to those services.
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