Here is a press release from Comcast a couple of months ago.
PHILADELPHIA, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Cable
Comcast SportsNet will offer more than 200 professional sporting events in HDTV annually starting in 2003, about half in the Philadelphia market, and half in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. markets. HDTV coverage will include games featuring the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers and 76ers as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Capitals.
"We think the time is right to launch high definition television in major Comcast markets," said Comcast Cable President Steve Burke. "The hours of available HDTV programming are on the rise and the price of HDTV sets has dropped. Viewers want HDTV and Comcast will be the place to get it.
"With the exciting addition of HDTV sports through Comcast SportsNet and the cooperation of broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers in making HDTV available, we think we can help HDTV to take a big step forward," Burke added.
"We are pleased to partner with Comcast to provide more service and quality programming to the Greater Washington community than ever before," said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA. "As a leader in HDTV in the public broadcasting industry, we have long sought to expand the reach of our high definition programming. This partnership will also enable WETA to provide enhanced standard definition program services. We applaud Comcast for making these services available to its customers."
"Being able to see our games in high definition television is like offering our fans a whole new way to watch the teams," said Ted Leonsis, majority owner of the NHL Washington Capitals. "When Comcast SportsNet entered this market, I knew it would translate into great things for our fans and for the sports scene in Washington. They are great partners who are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience. Taking the lead in offering this level of quality television is one such way."
"Comcast's decision to offer high-definition programming over cable is a terrific boost to the digital TV transition, and it builds on the success Comcast has already enjoyed with HDTV services in the Philadelphia area," said Enrique Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Broadband Access Products and Services for Thomson Multimedia. "Thousands of consumers have already purchased RCA HDTV monitors and sets produced by Thomson, and many cable customers are looking forward to HDTV programming. Comcast has our complete support for this expanded HDTV programming offering."
Toronto has gorgeous HDTV fed thru Rogers cable who captures their signal from Detroit (ABC,NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS... they also broadcast two HD movie channels with one being similar to HBO the other being more recent movies on PPV.
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