BOSTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the kickoff of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Comcast announced the launch of the high-definition (HD) versions of two popular Spanish-language broadcast networks throughout the Greater Boston area. Beginning today, Comcast customers in the Boston market with HD television service will be able to view Boston's Univision (WUNI-TV) and TeleFutura (WUTF-TV) in crystal-clear HD. Univision and TeleFutura hold the Spanish-language broadcast rights for the World Cup in the United States and will broadcast en vivo/live all 64 games of the tournament, which is taking place in South Africa from June 11 to July 11.
"We're pleased to add Boston's Univision HD and TeleFutura HD to our lineup, from Fall River to Lawrence and beyond," said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Greater Boston Region. "Now our HD customers throughout the Boston area can enjoy the popular telenovelas, sports, public affairs programs and other programming from Univision and TeleFutura in stunning high definition. And beginning June 11, viewers will also be able to experience the passion and competition of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in HD, too, with Spanish-language coverage from Univision and TeleFutura."
"We thank Comcast for adding the high-definition feeds from WUNI-TV and WUTF-TV to its lineup throughout the Boston area," said Alex von Lichtenberg, General Manager of Entravision's Univision and TeleFutura stations in Boston. "We know our viewers will appreciate watching their favorite shows in the crystal-clear clarity and Dolby 5.1 sound that only HD can provide."
Comcast customers with HD equipment can find Univision HD on channel 816 and TeleFutura HD on channel 817. Comcast customers who connect their cable directly to their HDTVs should rescan their channels to add these new HD channels to their lineup.
In addition to offering all World Cup games in HD in both English and Spanish, Comcast will be delivering soccer fans a multi-platform experience to enjoy the tournament that includes live games in 3D from ESPN 3D, games On Demand the day after they air in both English and Spanish as well as online coverage with live games and the latest news at http://www.comcast.net/worldcup/southafrica/index.asp.
Comcast's World Cup offering is part of the company's commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its XFINITY services, which include more than 100 HD channels, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, On Demand video choices increasing to 25,000 and increased broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps today and even faster in the future. XFINITY also offers thousands of online entertainment choices through Fancast XFINITY TV (fancast.com) as well as cross-platform features like Caller ID to the TV and PC.
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