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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

October 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

UPDATE: TBS Hi-Def available to some, but not all, on Comcast

Update 4:40 p.m.: Yes, I should have mentioned that TBS is available in HD on satellite TV, but I was mostly concerned with Comcast, which serves the most households in the Seattle area by far. And I also should note that another cable provider in Tacoma and surrounding areas — Click! — has offered TBS in HD for several months.

Update 12:15 p.m.: After hearing from a few people that they’re not getting TBS in hi-def, I contacted Steve Kipp, VP of Communications at Comcast for the Washington market. Here is his e-mail reply:

Your reader is correct. TBS HD is currently not available in all areas. We are adding the channel along with 32 other new HD channels, as we complete our digital upgrade. Without going into too much detail, we are removing the analog feed for cable channels 30-70 and delivering those channels only in digital. This frees up more bandwidth on our network and allows us to deliver more HD channels and faster Internet speeds.

So far we’ve completed the digital upgrade and launched TBS HD in the following areas: Spokane, Everett, Bellevue, Brier, Clearview, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Black Diamond, Covington, Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Pacific, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, Eatonville, Graham, Orting, Roy, South Prairie, Wilkeson, Algona, Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila,, Edgewood, Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, Parkland, Puyallup, Sumner, Vashon Island, Arlington, Beverly Lane, Goldbar, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe, Silver Lake, Snohomish,, Startup, Sultan, Woodscreek, Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Lewis County, Mason County, Olympia, Rainier, Rochester, Shelton, Tenino, Thurston County, Tumwater and Yelm.

We expect to have Seattle and all the remaining cities within our service area completed in December. In all, we expect to have 101 HD channels, including TBS HD, available to all of our customers in Washington state by the end of the year.

Larry here again — condolences to those who aren’t on the list. I feel your pain. Here’s my original post:

I’ve tweaked Comcast the last two years for not having TBS available locally in high definition. But now, with TBS in the third year of its seven-year contract to broadcast postseason games, I’m happy to report that Seattle-area Comcast customers — all 1.2 million households of us — can indeed watch the playoffs in high def on channel 664 (not 662; I got so excited, I mistyped).

This year, TBS will be the network for all four division series, as well as the National League Championship Series, so this is not an insignificant development for baseball fans. (The ALCS and World Series will be on FOX).

Alas, this revelation came too late for me last night to watch that magnificent Twins-Tigers play-in game on 664. I was under the impression that TBS still wasn’t available in high def, so I watched it caveman style on channel 55. Not until I was listening to Mitch Levy on KJR this morning talking about viewing the game in high def — his sidekick, Steve Sandmeyer, was like me, kicking himself for watching the game on 55 — did I do some checking and discover the good news.

So kudos to Comcast for finally hooking up TBS in high def, and enjoy the postseason the way Philo T. Farnsworth intended. And for those of you in Indiana, Colorado and Bangkok, pardon the interruption.

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