Comcast adding HD channels in W. Washington

Starting yesterday, Comcast began adding HD channels to areas in Western Washington. The number of new HD channels, according to a company press release, is 33. However, some communities who were promised 31 more high-definition channels back in May will get 64 new HD channels all at once. (The rollout  was about 50% completed since May.)

“We’ve heard from customers that they can’t get enough HD programming, so we’re excited to exponentially increase our offering of those networks and give even more value to our customers as part of our digital upgrade,” said Tom Pierce, VP of Marketing and Sales for Washington State.

According to The Spokesman Review, Spokane market areas will get the HD additions starting August 5. Some of the channels are hi-def versions of already existing standard-def channels like Fox News HD, MSNBC HD, ESPNU HD, MTV HD, Travel HD and VH1 HD.

Comcast expects to make the new HD channels available to its remaining markets in Washington, including Seattle and Tacoma by year’s end.

The areas where Comcast is adding, or has already added more HD channels include: Everett, Brier, Clearview, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Black Diamond, Covington, Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Pacific, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, Eatonville, Graham, Orting, Roy, South Prairie, Wilkeson, Algona, Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila,, Edgewood, Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, Parkland, Puyallup, Sumner, Vashon Island, Arlington, Beverly Lane, Goldbar, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe, Silver Lake, Snohomish,, Startup, Sultan, Woodscreek, Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Lewis County, Mason County, Olympia, Rainier, Rochester, Shelton, Tenino, Thurston County, Tumwater and Yelm.

UPDATE: Here is the list of HD channels as provided by Comcast:

588 TMC West HD
589 TMC Xtra West HD
619 CBUT HD
621 ESPNU HD
630 NBA TV HD
631 NHL Network HD
632 Big Ten Network HD
633 CBS College Sports HD
634 Tennis Channel HD
635 Outdoor Channel HD
661 MSNBC HD
686 CMT HD
687 VH1 HD
688 MTV HD
689 BET HD
700 MGM HD
701 TCM HD
703 Hallmark Movie Channel HD
704 Comedy Central HD
705 Tru TV HD
706 The Weather Channel HD
543 HBO2 West HD
544 HBO Signature West HD
545 HBO Family West HD
546 HBO Latino West HD
547 HBO Comedy West HD
548 HBO Zone West HD
564 MoreMax West HD
571 Showtime Too West HD
572 Showtime Showcase West HD
573 Showtime Extreme West HD
440 iNDemand Team HD

Simulcast of select Games from NBA/MLS PPV Sports Packages (ch. 441-450) will be shown.

456 iNDemand Game HD

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