12 New HD Channels, Including Wildly Popular Fox Soccer HD, and Three SD Networks Come to South Valley After Comcast Successfully Converts
to All-Digital Delivery System
FRESNO, CA (April 24, 2012)—Comcast’s California Region today announced that it has completed its digital migration to a full digital delivery system in Fresno, Los Baños, Merced, Visalia and the surrounding areas, and launched 15 new television networks to residential homes and businesses as part of its growing Xfinity TV lineup. The new networks include a high-definition (HD) feed of the wildly popular Fox Soccer channel (see complete list of networks and channel numbers below). More than 30 communities in the South Valley (see complete list of cities below) will now have access to the new programming. Earlier this year, Comcast began a digital initiative which converted Limited Basic channels from analog to digital, and reclaimed analog bandwidth to allow the company to provide more products and services to customers, such as faster Internet speeds, more channels and more Xfinity On Demand content.
The new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses in the following cities: Atwater, Clovis, Crows Landing, Del Rey, Dinuba, Dos Palos, Exeter, Farmersville, Firebaugh, Fowler, Friant, Fresno, Grayson, Hanford, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Los Baños, Madera, Mendota, Merced, Parlier, Pinedale, Porterville, Reedley, Riverdale, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Tulare, Visalia and Winton.
The new HD networks will include: BBC America HD, Bloomberg HD, Fox Soccer HD, Galavision HD, GSN HD, GMC HD, H2 (formerly History International) HD, The Hub HD, Investigation Discovery HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Oxygen HD, and Sprout HD (see list below for programming descriptions).
In addition to these new HD Channels, Comcast continues to deliver more HD content via Xfinity On Demand, so customers can watch HD when they want to watch it. With more than 6,000 HD choices, Comcast is delivering the HD programming that aligns with what consumers want to watch and how they want to watch it.
Customers who do not receive HD channels will have new programming options as well. Three new standard definition (SD) networks are launching – BBC World News, the BBC's international news and current affairs channel, will launch on Channel 167; Daystar, a faith-based Christian television network, will launch on Channel 234; and ReelzChannel, a network devoted to delivering entertaining and informative programming that is all about movies, will launch on Channel 150.
12 NEW HIGH DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS
Name of Network and Channel Number
Sprout HD - Channel 770: Sprout is home to trusted favorites like Sesame Street and Barney & Friends. From morning to night, parents and kids can share everything from singing and dancing to birthday wishes and bedtime stories.
Oxygen HD - Channel 773: A lifestyle brand that delivers relevant and engaging content to young women who like to "live out loud," Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's media by changing how the world sees entertainment from a young woman's point of view.
Fox Soccer HD - Channel 803: FOX Soccer, part of the FOX Sports Media Group, offers the most comprehensive multimedia coverage of world-class soccer available in the United States.
Investigation Discovery HD - Channel 804: Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading investigation network and the fastest-growing network in television, is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition.
H2 HD - Channel 805: H2 - where information is entertainment, experienced in unexpected and exciting ways. H2 offers a deeper perspective on history from all around the globe. It’s more to explore, more to know, more to understand—More 2 History.
Nat Geo Wild HD - Channel 806: Nat Geo Wild offers the world’s best wildlife programs; the channel brings viewers a true, authentic experience of all aspects of the animal kingdom.
BBC America HD - Channel 810: BBC America delivers US audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Norton.
The Hub HD - Channel 813: The Hub is a fun destination that brings kids and their families together to enjoy clever stories and engaging characters in new and classic comedies, animated adventures, movies, and live-action shows.
Gospel Music Channel HD - Channel 814: GMC is a 24-hour advertiser supported commercial cable and satellite TV network devoted to delivering the highest quality uplifting entertainment programming for the entire family.
Galavision HD - Channel 815: Galavision is the direct, sexy, funny and alternative cable network that brings the best of modern Mexico to U.S. Hispanics. Galavisión is already the #1 Spanish-language cable network in the country.
Bloomberg HD - Channel 821: Global 24-hour business news network that provides continuous coverage of the people, companies and ideas that move the markets.
GSN HD - Channel 822: GSN GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes. is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming via its 73-million subscriber television network and online games sites.
3 NEW STANDARD DEFINITION (SD) NETWORKS
Name of Network and Channel Number
ReelzChannel - Channel 150: ReelzChannel - TV About Movies® is the only cable and satellite network devoted to delivering entertaining and informative programming that is all about movies, including the celebrities, fashion, music and stories behind the stories.
BBC World News - Channel 167: BBC World News brings global audiences impartial news, business analysis, investigative journalism and hard-hitting interviews to uncover the stories behind the headlines, every day, 24 hours a day.
Daystar - Channel 234: Daystar Television Network is an Emmy award winning, faith-based network dedicated to spreading the gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week - all around the globe, through all media formats possible.
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