Cherokee and Northwest Iowa Cable TV supplier Mediacom has announced its plan to add 52 new high-definition (HD) channels beginning today today, a move that will more than double the number of HD channel choices available to viewers in northwest Iowa.
The expanded HD channel lineup comes as the final step in a digital upgrade affecting Mediacom customers in Northwest Iowa communities, including Storm Lake, Cherokee, Spencer, Emmetsburg, Estherville and the Iowa Lakes Area.
Ranked as the local cable system's largest one-time expansion of HD channels, the boost follows on the heels of a December 12 channel conversion that eliminated analog bandwidth previously used to transmit dozens of Family Cable channels.
"Now, just in time for the Christmas holidays, customers will see an unprecedented channel expansion as we add 52 high-definition channels to our lineup," said Mediacom's Regional Vice President Bill Jensen. "For viewers who want to see more programming in HD, these new channels are being added across areas of the lineup, for sports, news, movies and all types of programming. Best of all, the HD channels arrive as automatic additions to customers' existing subscriptions."
New HD channels include ABC Family, Hallmark, and NBC Sports Net in Mediacom's HD Family lineup (channels 876, 879, and 827, respectively). HD versions for FOX Business, CBS College Sports, ESPN U and other sports channels will be added to the Sports and Information Digital Package.
"The results of our digital upgrade bring dual benefits to consumers," Jensen said. "On the video side, customers gain more ways to enjoy their high-definition televisions. Additionally, this upgrade lets us turn up the accelerator to deliver even faster Internet speeds. Consumers today want the most robust service in both areas, with nearly 100 HD channels and always faster Internet speeds."
Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions.