Comcast Expanding HD in Bay Area

Comcast to launch 80 new networks in portions of San Francisco Bay area

July 13, 2009

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LIVERMORE, Calif -- Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSK, CMCSA), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that it is launching 80 new networks on August 11 in portions of the San Francisco Bay Area, including up to 51 high-definition (HD) networks, 13 Spanish language channels, 14 international premium networks and two standard definition channels (see complete list of networks and channel numbers below). Twenty-six communities in the South Bay and North Bay (see complete list of cities below) will now have access to 92 HD networks and will be receiving a slew of new programming in the first phase of channel launches as a result of Comcast’s recent digital upgrade of customers from analog to digital.

Earlier this year, Comcast began a digital migration called “The World of More,” offering digital upgrades to Standard Cable customers to migrate from analog to digital, and converting channels 31 and above to a digitally delivered format. Comcast’s digital upgrade reclaimed analog bandwidth to allow the company to provide more products and services to customers, such as faster Internet speeds, more channels and more ON DEMAND content. Comcast continues its digital migration in other portions of the Bay Area and those areas will receive the new programming in subsequent phases later in 2009.

“We’ve heard from customers that they can’t get enough HD and multicultural 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 Steve White, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s California Region. “These channel launches are about delivering on Comcast’s promise to customers that by converting to digital, we could offer more of the products and services they want, right away. And this is just the beginning as we roll out ‘The World of More’ in California.”

Beginning August 11th, the new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses in the following cities: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Cupertino, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Los Altos, Marin, Mill Valley, Milpitas, Mountain View, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sausalito, Sunnyvale, Tiburon and Woodacre. (Note: Los Altos, Milpitas, Saratoga and Sunnyvale have already launched 12 of the HD networks and Retirement Living TV, so those cities will be receiving 67 new networks).

The new HD networks will include: BET HD, Biography Channel HD, Bravo HD, Cartoon Network HD, CBS College Sports HD, CMT HD, CNBC HD, Comedy Central HD, Disney XD HD, E! HD, Encore HD, ESPN News HD, Fox Business Network HD, Fox News Channel HD, Fuse HD, FX HD, G4 HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO Latino HD, HBO Zone HD, IFC HD, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, MGM HD, MLB Network HD, MSNBC HD, MTV HD, NBA TV HD, NHL Network HD, Nickelodeon HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Planet Green HD, QVC HD, Showtime Too HD, Speed HD, Spike HD, Starz! Comedy HD, Starz! Edge HD, Starz! Kids & Family HD, Style Network HD, Thriller MAX HD, Action MAX HD, TMC The Movie Channel HD, Travel Channel HD, TV One HD, VH1 HD, WE HD, The Weather Channel HD, WGN HD and a pay-per-view (PPV) HD channel.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)

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