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Comcast launches HD ESPN 2 on 9 June

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MUMBAI: Just in time with the Fifa World Cup, Comcast, the country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services launches ESPN2 HD, the high-definition simulcast of ESPN2.

ESPN HD, ABC HD and ESPN2 HD will combine to present live coverage of all 64 matches of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in high definition from 9 June. In addition, the high- definition services will feature the 2006 World Cup studio programmes including the pre-match, halftime and post-match segments, states an official release.

"We're thrilled to expand our leading HDTV lineup with the addition of ESPN2 HD," said Comcast executive VP content acquisitions Matt Bond. "Watching events like the World Cup and the NCAA College World Series in crystal-clear HD is the next best thing to being in the stadium for all of the action."

"We look forward to ESPN2 HD joining ESPN HD on Comcast's lineup to enhance viewing for high-definition subscribers and sports fans across the country," said Disney and ESPN Networks affiliate sales and marketing president Ben Pyne. "Comcast has a proven focus on high-definition television with its robust package of compelling high-definition content."

Comcast now offers an average of 15-17 HD channels per market, including ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, Discovery HD, TNT HD, HBO HD, Cinemax HD, Showtime HD, Starz HD, INHD, INHD2, regional sports networks and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB, UPN and PBS.

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