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July 1, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Comcast channel shuffles in August, Clearwire bundles in 2010

Comcast is shuffling a bunch of channels in early August in King County, including a few moves related to its digital conversion.

Mostly affected are customers who already have digital cable service.

Starting around Aug. 5, Digital Starter subscribers will start getting high-definition versions of 28 channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, Travel, BET, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. The full list was printed in the paper’s legal notices section.

Digital Preferred customers will get four additional sports channels – NBA TV, NFL Network, NFL Network HD and NHL Network – but lose ESPN Classic to the optional “sports entertainment” tier that costs an extra $5.99 per month.

Also being added is an HD version of CBUT, at channel 619. It will be available to “Limited Basic” customers using an HDTV and a digital tuner.

Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp also provided a little information on the Clearwire 4G/WiMax mobile wireless bundles that Comcast began selling in Portland on Tuesday.

Comcast plans to offer the Clearwire bundles in the Seattle area in 2010, Kipp said.

Portland’s promotional price, at least, doesn’t sound too bad.

Comcast is offering a $50 per month bundle that includes 12 megabits per second home broadband plus Clearwire mobile service in the metro area, offering up to 4 Mbps. After the first year promo, the plan will cost $73 per month.

Subscribers to Comcast’s triple play phone/TV/broadband plan can add Clearwire for $30 per month. It’s also offering a Clearwire/Sprint combo that provides local 4G and national 3G via Sprint for an additional $20 per month.

Comcast invested in Clearwire in 2008.

Comments | Topics: Clearwire, Comcast, Digital TV

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