SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 4 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Just in time for the kickoff of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Comcast announced the launch of the high-definition (HD) versions of the three most popular Spanish-language broadcast networks throughout its Chicago service area. Beginning today, Comcast customers in the Chicago market with HD television service will be able to view Chicago’s Univision (WGBO-TV), TeleFutura (WXFT-TV) and Telemundo (WSNS-TV) in crystal-clear HD. Univision and TeleFutura hold the Spanish-language broadcast rights for the World Cup in the United States and will broadcast all 64 games of the tournament, which is taking place in South Africa from June 11 to July 11.
“We’re pleased to add the HD versions of these popular Spanish-language broadcast stations to our lineup throughout the Chicago area,” said David Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region. “Now our HD customers throughout the Chicago area can enjoy the popular series, local news and other programming from Univision, TeleFutura and Telemundo in stunning high-definition. And beginning June 11, viewers will also be able to experience the passion and competition of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in HD, too, with Spanish-language coverage from Univision and TeleFutura.”
Comcast customers with HD equipment can find Univision HD on channel 182, TeleFutura HD on channel 194 and Telemundo HD on channel 193. Comcast customers who connect their cable directly to their HDTVs should rescan their channels to add these new HD channels to their lineup.
In addition to offering all World Cup games in HD in both English and Spanish, Comcast will be delivering soccer fans a multi-platform experience to enjoy the tournament that includes live games in 3D from ESPN 3D, games On Demand the day after they air and online coverage with live games and the latest news at http://www.comcast.net/worldcup/southafrica/index.asp.
Comcast’s World Cup offering is part of the company’s commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its XFINITY services, which include more than 100 HD channels, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, On Demand video choices increasing to 25,000 and increased broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps today and even faster in the future. XFINITY also offers thousands of online entertainment choices through Fancast XFINITY TV (fancast.com) as well as converged applications that enable customers to program their DVR from the Internet or a mobile device and cross-platform features like Caller ID to the TV and PC.
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Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.5 million cable customers, 16.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.9 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (http://www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.
Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, serves 2.1 million customers in several Illinois markets, including Chicago, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, Rockford and Quincy, as well as South Bend, Indiana.
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