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Comcast To Carry More than 100 HD Nets in Puget Sound

After Announcing 31 HD Channels Eight Weeks Ago, the Rolling Launch of 33 Additional Today, Comcast to Offer Total of 101 HD’s

LYNNWOOD, WA (July 20, 2009) – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSK, CMCSA), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that it is launching 33 new HD networks and five standard definition networks to areas around Western Washington starting tomorrow (see complete list of networks and channel numbers below). The launch includes popular channels like CBUT HD, ESPNU HD, MTV HD, VH1 HD, MSNBC HD among others. After the community-by-community launch which is slated to be complete at the end of the year, Comcast will offer a total of 101 HD channels in Western Washington.

In May, Comcast announced the launch of 31 new HD networks, also launching on a rolling basis. The 31 HD channels announced in May are 50 percent launched in Washington State; some areas will receive both HD channel upgrades at once, adding 64 new HD networks.

Earlier this year, Comcast began a digital migration called “The World of More,” offering digital upgrades to Basic Cable customers to migrate from analog to digital, and converting channels 30 and above to a digitally delivered format. Comcast’s digital upgrade reclaimed analog bandwidth to allow the company to provide more products and services to customers, such as faster Internet speeds, more channels and more ON DEMAND content. Comcast continues its digital migration across Western Washington through the end of the year while also launching the new HD networks.

“We’ve heard from customers that they can’t get enough HD programming, so we’re excited to exponentially increase our offering of those networks and give even more value to our customers as part of our digital upgrade,” said Tom Pierce, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Washington State. “These channel launches are about delivering on Comcast’s promise to customers that by converting to digital, we would offer more of the products and services they want, right away. This is just the beginning as we roll out ‘The World of More.’”

Beginning tomorrow, the new programming will be available to residential homes and businesses in the following communities:

Everett, 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.

Comcast expects to make the new programming available to the remainder of its Washington service area, including Seattle and Tacoma by the end of this year.

STARTING TOMMORROW, 33 NEW HIGH DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS BEGIN ROLL-OUT

New Channel Number and Network

588 TMC West HD

589 TMC Xtra West HD

619 CBUT HD

621 ESPNU HD

630 NBA TV HD

631 NHL Network HD

632 Big Ten Network HD

633 CBS College Sports HD

634 Tennis Channel HD

635 Outdoor Channel HD

661 MSNBC HD

686 CMT HD

687 VH1 HD

688 MTV HD

689 BET HD

700 MGM HD

701 TCM HD

703 Hallmark Movie Channel HD

704 Comedy Central HD

705 Tru TV HD

706 The Weather Channel HD

543 HBO2 West HD

544 HBO Signature West HD

545 HBO Family West HD

546 HBO Latino West HD

547 HBO Comedy West HD

548 HBO Zone West HD

564 MoreMax West HD

571 Showtime Too West HD

572 Showtime Showcase West HD

573 Showtime Extreme West HD

440 iNDemand Team HD

Simulcast of select Games from NBA/MLS PPV Sports Packages (ch. 441-450) will be shown.

456 iNDemand Game HD

Simulcast of select Games from NHL/MLB PPV Sports Packages (ch. 457-470) will be shown.

New Standard Definition Channels

400 ESPN U

500 Hallmark Movie Channel

559 HBO Comedy West

550 HBO Zone West

593 TMC Xtra West

HD channels announced in May (currently launching across the state): Encore HD, Starz Kids & Family HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Speed HD, ESPNews HD, WE TV HD, Style HD, E! HD, Bravo HD, Lifetime HD, Travel Channel HD, Fox News Channels HD, Fox Business HD, CNN HD, CNBC HD, Spike HD, TBS in HD, Nick HD, Cartoon Network HD, Disney XD HD, Fuse HD, TV One HD, QVC HD, G4 HD, BIO HD, Planet Green HD, AMC HD, LMN HD, IFC HD and InDemand PPV Events HD.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.8 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, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

About wtneary

Community relations director, Comcast in Washington State.

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