Wednesday AM January 19th, 2011
by: Andrew Schneider, January 19, 2011 9:01:00 am
The upgrades include 42 new High Definition channels, 28 additional standard definition channels, and the addition of more On Demand choices. Comcast Houston Senior Vice President Doug Guthrie says internet speeds will be faster, and there's no additional cost.
"This is not about a pricing or packaging change. This is about an introduction of a new brand, of a promise of innovation and of the best services you can get in the market, and we know that we're going to continue to add to our product lines. We're going to continue to make them cross-platform. So in the early days it was just about email and web-browsing. Now it's moved to online video, gaming and high-speed applications. So we've increased our speeds, and we'll go to 50 megs and 105 megs and so on, until, you know, the customers' needs are met."
Comcast is upgrading its TV delivery to an all digital distribution.
"Our goal is to make sure that we have all the capacity we need to serve the products that customers want. So we're going to take some channels that were traditionally in analog and kind of available only to cable-ready television sets, and we're going to make them digital. And in doing so, some people will need a digital converter box or a digital terminal adapter that they haven't had before. And that's our standard service customer. So as those channels move to digital, we'll put a small box on their TV sets at no charge and they'll be able to view all the channels they had before."
Customers in The Woodlands and neighboring communities will be the first to have access to the new services, which will roll out over the year.