I sent Comcast another e-mail asking about their high definition coverage for Seattle Mariners games (see my previous post). Here's their reply:
Thank you for contacting Comcast.
Most Mariner games will be aired on FSN and a good number on KSTW. We do not offer either of these channels in HD. Comcast is committed to deploying HDTV service. We are working to provide as many high definition channel broadcasters as possible. At this time there have been no announced plans to add either of those that channels to your HD lineup. Please keep an eye on your monthly billing statement as the announcement of any channel additions will appear on those statements.
Thank you for choosing Comcast.
Comcast Customer Support
They don't seem to be committed to working all that hard, since FSN lists the Mariners as one of the teams that offers HD coverage (from FSN HD FAQ):
Which teams offer HD games on FSN HD in their respective regions?
NBA teams include the Bucks, Grizzlies, Jazz, Lakers, Magic, Mavericks, Sonics, Spurs, Suns, Timberwolves, and Trailblazers. Major League Baseball teams include the Astros, Brewers, Devil Rays, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mariners, Marlins, Pirates, Rangers, and Twins. NHL teams include the Blues, Coyotes, Hurricanes, Kings, Lightning, Panthers, Penguins, Stars, and Wild.
Also, Tacoma's Click! Network carries FSN HD as part of their standard HD package, so it's clearly available to broadcasters in the area.
It looks like Comcast is committed to making business decisions that give their customers a poorer-quality product. I'm going to have to consider switching my cable television and internet over to Tacoma's home-grown services.
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