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Comcast Finishes Digital Conversion and Launches 139 New TV Networks in Santa Cruz and Surrounding Areas

PR Newswire

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast's California Region today announced that it has completed its digital migration to a full digital delivery system in Santa Cruz County, and launched 139 new television networks to residential homes and businesses as part of its growing Xfinity TV lineup (see complete list of networks and channel numbers below). Comcast also increased Internet speeds in the area and launched new video packages, such as Family Tier, Digital Economy Video and MultiLatino, which give customers more choice and control over their TV viewing. Earlier this summer, Comcast began a digital initiative which converted channels 2 to 82 from analog to digital, and reclaimed analog bandwidth to allow the company to launch these new products and services to customers.

The new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses which are Comcast customers in the following areas: Aptos, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Capitola, Davenport, Felton, La Selva Beach, Mount Herman, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel and Watsonville.

Among the dozens of new high-definition (HD) channels will be such popular networks as KICU, KQED Plus, Bravo, A&E, USA Network, Comedy Central, Food Network, Discovery, Travel, History Channel, Fox News Channel, CNBC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, CNN HLN, MTV, msnbc, Turner Classic Movies, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, Showtime and the NFL Network.

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. 17 new standard definition (SD) networks are launching, including Oxygen, Fox Business Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Hallmark Movie Channel, Ovation, NFL Redzone, Nuvo TV and GAC.

In addition to the new networks, Comcast has also increased Internet speeds in Santa Cruz County for two of its most popular XFINITY Internet speed plans. The Performance plan is increasing download speeds from up to 8 Mbps to speeds up to 15 Mbps. The Blast! plan is increasing download speeds from up to 16 Mbps to speeds up to 25 Mbps, and upload speeds from up to 2 Mbps to up to 4 Mbps. To activate the new speeds, customers may need to re-start their cable modems.

69 NEW HIGH DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS --------------------------- Network New Channel # ------- ------------- KQED Plus HD* 710 KICU HD 713 HSN HD 718 QVC HD 719 NBA TV HD 727 ESPNews HD 730 Speed HD 731 Bravo HD 733 A&E HD 734 Syfy HD 736 USA Network HD 738 Universal HD 739 FX HD 741 Style HD 742 Spike HD 743 G4 HD 744 Comedy Central HD 745 Food Network HD 747 truTV HD 748 Discovery HD 750 Animal Planet HD 751 TLC HD 752 E! HD 753 Travel HD 755 Science HD 756 History Channel HD 758 Fox News HD 760 Fox Business HD 761 CNBC HD 762 Disney XD HD 763 Cartoon Network HD 766 Nickelodeon HD 767 ABC Family Channel HD 768 Disney Channel HD 769 Sprout HD 770 Destination America HD 771 Biography HD 772 Oxygen HD 773 CNN HLN HD 774 TWC HD 776 BET HD 777 CMT HD 778 CSN Plus HD 780 VH1 HD 781 MTV HD 782 msnbc HD 787 Turner Classic Movies HD 789 Hallmark HD 793 Hallmark Movie Channel HD 794 Lifetime HD 795 Lifetime Movie Network HD 796 Nat Geo Wild HD 806 HBO Latino HD 808 Encore HD 809 BBC America HD 810 The Hub HD 813 Galavision HD 815 GSN HD 822 Starz HD 816 Showtime HD 825 Cinemax HD 838 TMC HD 847 NFL Network HD 730 NFL Redzone HD* 785 Fox Soccer Channel HD 803 iN Demand Team HD 450 iN Demand Game HD 459 iN Demand Game 2 HD 460 iN Demand HD PPV 870 * Launches 7/25/13

17 NEW STANDARD DEFINITION (SD) NETWORKS -------------------------- Network New Channel # ------- ------------- Oxygen 73 Jewelry TV 116 Fox Business 130 Nat Geo Wild 159 Shop NBC 164 Ovation 270 tvK, TVK-24 332 ESPN Game Plan 1 421 ESPN Game Plan 2 422 ESPN Game Plan 3 423 ESPN Game Plan 4 424 ESPN Game Plan 5 425 ESPN Game Plan 6 426 NFL Redzone* 427 Nuvo TV 477 GAC 484 Hallmark Movie Channel 500

18 NEW INTERNATIONAL PREMIUM NETWORKS ------------------------------------- For programming information visit internationaltv Network New Channel # ------- ------------- TV Globo (Portuguese/Brazilian) 305 PFC (Portuguese/Brazilian) 306 Band Internacional (Portuguese/Brazilian) 307 RTPi (Portuguese) 310 Deutsche Welle (German + English) 315 Channel One Russia (Russian) 325 TV Japan (Japanese) 330 SBTN (Vietnamese) 331 Zee TV (South Asian - Hindi) 336 TVAsi (South Asian - Hindi) 337 ABP News (South Asian - Hindi) 341 Life OK (South Asian - Hindi) 342 STAR India GOLD (South Asian - Hindi) 343 CTI-Zhong Tian (Chinese) 354 CCTV 4 (Chinese-Mandarin) 355 The Filipino Channel (TFC) 367 GMA Pinoy (English + Tagalog) 369 GMA Life (English + Tagalog) 370

35 NEW HISPANIC NETWORKS ------------------------ Network New Channel # ------- ------------- Xfinity Latino 599 Canal 52 MX 603 CentroAmerica 616 LAS 626 Ecuavisa 628 TVE 629 WAPA America 630 Mexicanal 631 Multimedios 632 Caracol 633 TV Colombia 634 Discovery Familia 635 Nuvo TV 636 TV Chile 637 Vme Kids 638 BFTV 639 SUR Peru 644 Pasiones 645 Utilisima 646 Telefe 647 TV Dominicana 649 TV Venezuela 650 BEIN Sports 651 HTV Musica 652 Telehit 653 Ritmoson Latino 654 Bandamax 656 TBN Enlace 658 EWTN Espanol 659 La Familia Cosmo 660 De Pelicula 664 De Pelicula Clasico 665 Univision (East) 668 UniMas (East) 669 HITN 671

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