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    Comedy Central HD Launched / New Sportsman Channel

    UPDATE 1/21:
    Comedy Centeral HD is on 249.
    Sportsman Channel SD is on 605. As of now it appears to require the Xtra / Plus packages (per
    The Sportsman Channel


    )
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    Looks like cable vision launched today..

    Cablevision Adds Comedy Central HD To iO TV High-Definition Lineup

    All-Comedy Network Presenting Original Programming, Stand-Up Specials, Movies And More In HD At No Additional Cost

    Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2009 -- Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of Comedy Central HD to the company's iO TV® high-definition lineup which now offers customers access to 69 channels of free HD. Comedy Central presents Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park and The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as provocative original programming, stand-up and sketch comedy, plus offbeat comedy TV series and movies. The network will become available to customers across Cablevision's service area on iO TV channel 768 over a three-day period that begins today.

    With more than 1.3 million customers taking HD service, Cablevision's HD penetration has reached nearly 50 percent of all iO TV households, demonstrating the rapid adoption of this superior television format. In addition to 69 channels of high-definition programming, iO TV features an expanding library of HD video-on-demand titles including critical favorites and top blockbusters from the summer of 2008, available through the On Demand menu.

    Comedy Central HD is a great addition to the iO TV high-definition lineup, and we are pleased to continue to enhance our truly-free HD experience through the launch of this popular channel in this superior format.

    iO TV continues to deliver customers more value and the best in sports, movies, entertainment without the extra equipment costs or programming package fees charged by our competitors.

    "Comedy Central HD is a great addition to the iO TV high-definition lineup, and we are pleased to continue to enhance our truly-free HD experience through the launch of this popular channel in this superior format," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "iO TV continues to deliver customers more value and the best in sports, movies, entertainment without the extra equipment costs or programming package fees charged by our competitors."



    With more than 2.8 million iO TV customers, more than 90 percent of Cablevision's cable customers are iO TV digital cable customers, the highest digital penetration in the nation. iO TV offers customers access to up to 390 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 48 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 4,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 69 high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive. Viewing high-definition programming requires a high-definition cable box or CableCARD and an HD-ready television set. HD VOD titles are available starting at $4.95.


    Cablevision Adds Comedy Central HD To iO TV High-Definition Lineup






    Last edited by jcrandall; 01-21-2009 at 08:27 AM. Reason: added launch info
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    I was just going to post this. It looks like the uplink of this station that was seen last week must not have been a fluke???

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    Here is another link confirming that Direct WILL be carry this channel.


    Comedy Central Going HD - 1/13/2009 11:25:00 AM - Broadcasting & Cable




    Comedy Central Going HD
    Network will have 200 hours of HD programming at launch.
    By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/13/2009 11:25:00 AM

    Sometimes the humor is in the details. That may be what Comedy Central is hoping when it launches a high definition version of the network. Comedy Central HD will be going live on Cablevision, DirecTV and Cox later this month, with additional carriers expected to be added throughout the year.
    To go along with the conversion, the network will be boosting its HD programming lineup. At launch the network will have 200 hours of native HD programming, including nearly 30 episodes of South Park and the first two seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program. A number of feature films, stand up specials and Comedy Central Presents will also be in HD.

    Initially , Comedy will be upconverting mainstays The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, with the expectation of the two programs going fully native HD in the future, most likely in 2010. The complicated process of revamping the control rooms to handle the HD feed while continuing to put out new programs means the transition will be made gradually.
    In addition, the new seasons of Reno 911! and South Park and the new series Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire will be presented in HD.
    "Comedy Central’s viewers are some of the earliest adopters of new technology and when they are not consuming content on the go, either online or on their phones, many of them are sitting in front of a high definition television, making programming decisions based on what's on in their high def tier," said Comedy Central president Michelle Ganeless, announcing the launch.


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    Huh.

    Not exactly a channel I want (cough-ESPNU-cough), but what the hay.
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    I guess Comcast, Dish, TWC, and FiOS are SOL for now, but this is very welcome news.
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