UPDATE, July 30, 2009: Astute Cox customers noticed that these 9 new HD channels did not show up on July 28 as expected. Cox’s O.C. office says the new channels have been delayed until August 4 due to “trouble getting the feeds from our corporate office in Atlanta,” said Lana Ong, a Cox O.C. spokeswoman.
Orange County’s Cable TV companies slowly plod along in the high-definition race. Cox Communications in Rancho Santa Margarita plans to add nine new high-definition channels beginning July 28. The new HD channels will be available to customers with digital cable and HDTV service.
This brings the number of Cox’s HD channels to 62, by my count, which is still above Time Warner’s approximately 55 HD channels (a number that is higher or lower depending on what city you live in).
Overall, Verizon FiOS still ranks at the top of the HD heap with 127 HD channels. DirecTV is a close second with124 HD channels (DirecTV’s number includes 20 “regional sports channels”). Anyway, here’s the latest tally, according to my research:
For Cox customers, the new channels come from Viacom, which were also recently introduced to FiOS customers (and I haven’t mentioned yet). The new channels are:
|Cartoon Network HD||771|
|New from Cox, July 2009|
Because of the additions, Cox is moving other channels around. Those are:
|Channel Name||Old Ch#||New Ch#|
|Cox changes, July 2009|
Past stories on HD channels: