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Comcast rolls out 78 new TV channels
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Comcast customers that took advantage of the digital migration are about to get a whole new world of programming starting today.

By freeing up the bandwidth of analog channels to make way for more high definition and digital programming, Comcast is now officially rolling out 78 new television networks in Manteca – making it the first city in the Central Valley to receive the new couch surfing options.

According to Comcast’s California Communication’s Director Bryan Byrd, 59 of the new channels that will be added will cater to customers with high definition television sets while 14 International networks set to cater to the Central Valley’s diverse population will also be added.

The San Francisco Bay Area was the first territory to receive the lineup change as part of the company’s new Xfinity service, and Byrd believes that the new lineup will be just as well received here, as customers get accustomed to the new programming.

“The response in the Bay Area was phenomenal, and the demand right now for high definition with all of the high definition sets that people are adding to their homes is huge,” Byrd said. “The other thing that people are clamoring for in this area is multicultural programming, and we’re going be adding several channels that cater to both the South and East Asian markets as well as a Portuguese channel, a Brazilian channel, and even a Russian channel.

“Like some of the multicultural programming we’ve added in the past, people will have to add it to their service, but I think that there’s going to be a huge demand for people that want to see their news and their culture and their language right here from home.”

While a somewhat rocky start to the digital migration in Sacramento forced Comcast to extend the deadline for the free digital boxes, Byrd said that there were virtually no problems here in Manteca, and expects that the customers will be happy with the addtions.

On top of the heavy hitters like the Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN Headline News and BET, other standard definition channels being added will include both ESPNU for the college sports fans and Retirement Living for the seniors – catering to as many customers as possible.

And customers should be expecting a new channel line-up in the mail in the coming days informing them that the high definition channels that are currently in the 900 block that will soon be in the 700 range – allowing for uniformity up and down California.

And while some of the new cable channels available to subscribers with packages that cover them can expect to see changes staring today, some of the channels won’t be available until August 3.

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