Comcast Launches High-Definition Television In Chicago Region
Service Available to More Than One Million Customers and More Than 2.1 Million Homes
(CHICAGO) - Comcast today announced it has launched high-definition television (HDTV) service to more than one million customers in the Greater Chicago Region. The announcement was made at a press conference featuring FCC Chairman Michael Powell during the 52nd National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Convention - "Leading the Digital Revolution" in Chicago. Comcast offers HDTV feeds of WBBM, Channel 2; NBC - WMAQ, Channel 5; ABC - WLS, Channel 7; PBS - WTTW, Channel 11; HBO, Showtime, as well as enhanced wide-screen digital programming from FOX - WFLD, Channel 32. The service will be available to customers who live in certain areas of the Greater Chicago Region (see attachment for the specific list of communities).
Comcast's HDTV service will be available in areas where the company's cable plant has been upgraded to accommodate two-way services. Customers who subscribe to HBO and Showtime also will receive these networks' HDTV signals as part of their digital programming package. In order to receive HDTV signals, Comcast will provide customers with HDTV-ready or HDTV-capable television sets with a digital set-top box (the Motorola DCT 5100) for a monthly equipment fee of $5. Professional installation of Comcast HDTV service is available.
"This is an exciting day for our Chicago customers, as Comcast takes television viewing to a whole new level," said Joe Stackhouse, senior vice president of Comcast's Greater Chicago Region. "Chicago consumers are on the leading edge of technology, and we are pleased to be able to deliver high-definition content to customers who have invested in HD-capable TV monitors. HDTV represents the next generation of in-home entertainment, and our technical staff in Chicago has worked diligently over the past year preparing our network for the addition of this new service."
Comcast was one of the first cable companies to offer HDTV to customers, deploying it on systems in the Philadelphia area in 2001. In 2002, HDTV was launched in northern New Jersey; the Washington, D.C./Metro Virginia area; the Baltimore, Md., area; Danbury, Conn.; the Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., areas; southeast Michigan, including the Detroit and Flint areas; the Indianapolis, Ind., area; the Sarasota, Fla., area; and the Seattle, Wash., area. In 2003, HDTV service has launched in the Boston, Mass., Atlanta, Ga., Jacksonville and Fort Myers, Fla., and Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco-San Jose, Calif., areas. Comcast will make announcements about HDTV offerings in additional markets later this year.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation, a developer, manager and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of programming content. Operating in 17 of the United States' 20 largest metropolitan areas, Comcast is one of the leading communications, media and entertainment companies in the world. Providing basic cable, Digital Cable, high-speed Internet and telephone services, Comcast is the company to look to first for the communications products and services that connect people to what's important in their lives. The company's 55,000 employees, in six divisions, serve more than 21 million customers.
Comcast serves more than 1.6 million customers in the Greater Chicago Region. Comcast has over 50 offices throughout the market and employs more than 4,200 employees.
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