Comcast bringing more HD to DC?

foodtv.pngAfter we hit Rocklands on Saturday night with our friends, it was back to their place for a watching of The Godfather on A&E. Our friend Steph had never seen it, and it was well past time that she did. We sat through all the commercials, but learned some valuable things. Jon was quick to point out that he’d seen messages from his TiVo that indicated he’d gotten a bunch of new channels added to his lineup by Comcast. Indeed, there they were: Sci-Fi HD (mmm, BSG in HD!), Food Network (mmmm, Giada in HD!) and USA HD and TBS HD (mmmm more Jack McCoy in HD!) and a few other channels! How exciting!

When I headed home, we fired up the TiVo HD that I jumped through so many hoops to get showed all of the brand new channels! Hooray! Unfortunately, nothing but grey screen. I confirmed this with Jon, and sure enough, he was in grey screen land as well. My friend Jeff didn’t even see them in his lineup, but got “Channel Not Available” messages when he tuned to them with his Comcast DVR.

Oddly, though, they’re part of Comcast’s Programming Lineup page, and yet, they’re dark for all subscribers in the region. (Feel free to use either Arlington’s 22201 or a DC zip code to check if you have to.) When I talked to a technician this afternoon, he said they had yet to launch, but gave no indication as to why they were in the system. When Jeff talked to a technician this afternoon, he said they weren’t supposed to be in any lineup published anywhere. And yet, there they are.

When I reached out to Comcast’s Press Office, I was told by Lisa Altman that Comcast would launch the new networks “sometime in the first quarter of 2008.” Odd. Seems like they’re advertising a service that they’re not delivering. Generally, that’s frowned upon by various federal regulators when it comes to a service like cable television. I’ve put the new HD Lineup in the Extended Entry, copied directly from the Comcast website. What are you seeing on your cable box?

Channel Designation
210 WJLA-HD (ABC)
211 WRC-HD (NBC)
212 WUSA-HD (CBS)
213 WTTG-HD (Fox)
214 WDCW-HD (CW)
215 WDCA HD
220 WETA-HD (PBS)
223 A&E HD
224 Nat’l Geographic HD
225 HD Theater
226 MOJO
227 MHD
228 HBO HD
229 Home & Garden TV HD
230 HDSE
231 Food Network HD
232 TBS HD
233 Cinemax HD
235 USA HD
236 Sci-Fi Channel HD
238 Showtime HD
239 Discovery HD
240 TLC HD
246 NFL Network HD
248 Starz! HD
249 TNT HD
250 Universal HD
251 Comcast SportsNet HD
252 ESPN HD
253 ESPN 2 HD
254 Versus/Golf HD

11 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    Is this lineup different than the DC and MD Comcast?

    I think Comcast began rolling these channels out in other systems around the country. I was in FL over Christmas and got most of these ‘new’ channels on Comcast down there.

    Food Network HD puts out some quality content. Good Eats and Unwrapped are always good time killers, and of course I record Giada.


  2. Washington Cube (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

    …and Luca Brasi’s pores in HD. Paulie’s brains in HD…"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Then right over to Food TV HD for Giada making cannoli.


  3. Andrea (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

    Weird. I have had these channels since last week and they come in fine, no gray screen or "Channel not available" and I live in downtown DC.


  4. Adam (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

    I too live in downtown DC and have no problems with the new channels. They were added on January 15th, and have been working fine for me since then.


  5. katzistan (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

    We’re in DC – we got most of those a while back, like Food-HD, but it’s amazing they still don’t have HDNet. Why is that?


  6. Comcast Bites (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    Comcast is AWFUL. Directv has the most HD channels and they have already launched.


  7. Silvio (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 10:41 am

    I’ve had these new channels on my Vista Media Center guide for over a week now, but still no picture as of this morning. I spoke to the head Cable tech in Reston. He confirmed that the channels should be out soon (he said give it a week and check back with him). Hopefully they’re not Switched Digital Video channels which will NOT work on TIVO HD or my Vista Media Center. TIVO has announced a hardware upgrade which will be available sometime this year to handle SDV channels.


  8. Tom (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    Reston and Arlington/Alexandria are separate systems from DC. This goes back to the old Media General days.

    While Comcast is a huge company, it’s really more like a network of lots of smaller cable systems.


  9. Thomas (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one. A google search to get to the bottom of this brought me here…

    I just got HD service in Arlington in January and noted that the channels I’m getting are slim compared to the ones that show up on the on-line guide. A Customer Service rep told me they must have been taken out, because they weren’t in her system either…probably more likely, they’re on their way in.

    I guess we’re gonna have to wait and see…


  10. Reston Guy (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

    No joy in Reston. I had a tech call me and tell me that it has to do with the February analog cutoff – it wasn’t until I hung up that I realized that’s not supposed to happen until 2009 and only for OTA channels. Feh.


  11. Silvio (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

    So I finally have an answer! Comcast sent me a card in the mail saying the new channels will be added on March 4th! Weird that the various guides list them already though!



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