Comcast Invests In Santa Cruz Area By Increasing Residential Internet Speeds At No Additional Cost, Launching 30 New TV Networks, And Introducing New Business Internet Tiers

Xfinity Internet Performance Tier Jumps to 75 Mbps, Blast Tier Increases to 150 Mbps; Growing Xfinity TV Lineup Adds New Channel Options Ranging From Sports to Family to International News

Aug 10, 2015, 12:00 ET from Comcast

LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast today announced as part of its ongoing commitment to California that it has made a significant investment in the Santa Cruz area and will launch 30 new television networks, increase the speeds of two of its residential Xfinity Internet tiers at no additional cost to customers, and introduce four new tiers of Internet service for commercial business customers.  All of the additions and changes will take place on August 11th.

The new programming and Internet offerings will be available to residential homes and businesses which are Comcast customers in the following areas:  Aptos, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Bonny Doon, Brookdale, Davenport, Felton, La Selva Beach, Lompico, southern Los Gatos, Mount Herman, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Seascape, and Soquel.  Residential customers in these areas can simply re-start their modems to immediately start enjoying the faster speeds.

"Santa Cruz is one our most exciting and diverse communities and we're thrilled to make a substantial investment there that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bring customers more choices for their media and technology needs," said Elaine Barden, Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Comcast California.  "We continue to innovate and increase Internet speeds as customer demands evolve, and we will continue to offer a wide range of communications options and TV networks to fit the diversity of our customers."

In that spirit of continuous innovation, Comcast is increasing the speeds of two of its Xfinity Internet tiers at no additional cost to customers in the Santa Cruz area. The Performance tier speeds will jump from 16 Megabits Per Second (Mbps) download speed and 2 Mbps upload speed (16/2), to 75 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload (75/5).  The Blast tier speeds will also significantly increase, leaping from 25/4 to 150/10. 

In addition to increasing Internet speeds, Comcast is also launching 30 new television networks to residential homes and businesses as part of its growing Xfinity TV lineup (see complete list of networks and channel numbers below).  New high-definition (HD) channels include the popular MLB Network, as well as music-themed network Palladia.  Customers who do not receive HD channels will have new programming options as well. Twenty-three new standard definition (SD) networks are launching, including Al Jazeera America, BBC World News, Magic Johnson's new network Aspire, HBO Comedy, MLB Network, Outdoor Channel, BabyFirst TV, Action MAX, Starz Cinema, Showtime Family, and Antenna TV featuring classic television series from the 1950s to the 1990s.  A South Asian and several Chinese international channels are launching as well.

Comcast also announced that it is launching four new tiers of Internet service for commercial business customers.  In addition to the previously offered Starter (16/3) and Deluxe 50 (50/10) tiers, Comcast Business will now offer Deluxe 25/10, Deluxe 75/15, Deluxe 100/20, and Deluxe 150/20 speed packages to small and medium businesses in the area. 

"By tripling the speeds and the number of Internet tier options for local Santa Cruz businesses, we're providing an even more robust suite of services that allows organizations of all sizes to match their communications needs," said Ted Girdner, regional vice president of Comcast Business. "Our continued commitment to bring businesses more choices for high-capacity network connectivity helps them lay the foundation for economic development and business growth."

 

NEW CHANNELS BEING ADDED IN SANTA CRUZ AREA


2 NEW HIGH DEFINITION (HD) NETWORKS




Network

Channel #



MLB Network HD

729

Palladia HD

783



23 NEW STANDARD DEFINITION (SD) NETWORKS




Network

Channel #



Al Jazeera America

107

Action MAX

566

Antenna TV

312

ASPiRE

480

BabyFirst TV

125

BBC World News

167

Bloom

106

Daystar

234

Flix

586

Fuse

476

HBO Comedy

559

HBO Zone

560

MLB Network

412

Nickelodeon 2

216

Outdoor Channel

406

REELZ Channel

150

Showtime Family

584

Starz in Black

537

Starz Cinema

538

Starz Comedy

540

Starz Kids & Family

539

Thriller MAX

567

TVG Network

409



5 NEW INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS




Network

Channel #



ETTV America (Chinese-Mandarin)

358

Phoenix InfoNews Channel (Chinese-Mandarin)

356

Phoenix North American (Chinese-Mandarin + Cantonese)          

357

STAR Vijay (Indian Tamil)

349

Willow (Overseas cricket events) 

339

About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.  For more information, call 866-429-3085.

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

 

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