Comcast to Offer Comprehensive HD Coverage of World Cup Tournament With the Launch of ESPN2 HD
Comcast, the country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, today announced that ESPN2 HD, the high-definition simulcast of ESPN2, will be added to its HDTV lineup in several markets beginning Friday, June 9.
With the addition of ESPN2 HD to Comcast's lineup, viewers will be able to enjoy ESPN2 HD's extensive coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament - which begins tomorrow - as well as many more sporting events and series, with stunning, lifelike images and crisp digital sound. The first two matches of the FIFA World Cup will be on ESPN2 HD kicking off at 11:55 a.m. ET with Germany taking on Costa Rica followed by Poland vs. Ecuador at 2:55 p.m. ET.
ESPN HD, ABC HD and ESPN2 HD will combine to present live coverage of all 64 matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in high definition from Friday, June 9 through Sunday, July 9 from 12 cities in Germany. In addition, the high- definition services will feature the 2006 World Cup studio programs including the pre-match, halftime and post-match segments.
"We're thrilled to expand our leading HDTV lineup with the addition of ESPN2 HD," said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President of Content Acquisitions for Comcast. "Watching events like the World Cup and the NCAA College World Series in crystal-clear HD is the next best thing to being in the stadium for all of the action."
"We look forward to ESPN2 HD joining ESPN HD on Comcast's lineup to enhance viewing for high-definition subscribers and sports fans across the country," said Ben Pyne, President, Disney and ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. "Comcast has a proven focus on high-definition television with its robust package of compelling high-definition content."
Comcast now offers an average of 15-17 HD channels per market, including ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, Discovery HD, TNT HD, HBO HD, Cinemax HD, Showtime HD, Starz HDTV, INHD, INHD2, regional sports networks and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB, UPN and PBS.
For more information about Comcast's HDTV service, customers can call 1-800-COMCAST or visit http://www.comcast.com.
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About ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD
ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will combine in 2006 to deliver over 700 major events plus over 2,000 programs totaling more than 6,500 hours in high definition featuring live programming, individual programs, movies and series from ESPN Original Entertainment plus news and information programming. Event telecasts will include a variety of match-ups from college football, the men's College World Series, the men's college lacrosse championships, the Little League World Series, Major League Baseball, men's and women's college basketball, the National Basketball Association, Monday Night Football from the National Football League, the Women's Final Four, the National Hot Rod Association, the NCAA Frozen Four (hockey championships) and the FIFA World Cup from Germany. ESPN Bristol-based high-definition news and information programs include - SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, NFL PrimeTime, NFL Live, Monday Night Countdown and Baseball Tonight.