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About Comcast Cable TV

Comcast Cable, a division of Comcast Corporation, has held the top position among the largest U.S. cable television providers for several years.

Currently, its customer base exceeds 22 million. In February 2014, Comcast Cable became poised to grow even larger when its parent company announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable. The proposed merger awaits approval from federal regulators.

Residential services including TV, high-speed Internet, telephone and home security/automation, are available under the XFINITY brand. Comcast Business provides television, Internet, telephone and other services to commercial clients.

Comcast Availability

Although its coverage area reaches more than three dozen states and Washington, D.C., Comcast Cable is not available nationwide. You can click the name of your state on the list below to get more information on TV service in your area.

AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansas
CaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware
District of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaii
IdahoIllinoisIndianaIowa
KansasKentuckyLouisianaMaine
MarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesota
MississippiMissouriMontanaNebraska
NevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
New YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhio
OklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode Island
South CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexas
UtahVermontVirginiaWashington
West VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Comcast's XFINITY TV Services

In 2010, Comcast Cable adopted the brand name XFINITY for cable TV and other residential services. The following section offers a general outline of the available products and services.

Cable TV packages

Base programming packages offered by XFINITY TV include:

  • Limited Basic: 10+ channels. Local broadcast affiliates, shopping channels, religious channels and more
  • Digital Economy: 45+ channels. Lineup includes HISTORY, A&E and CNN
  • Digital Starter: 140+ channels, including AMC, MTV, Nickelodeon and ESPN
  • Digital Preferred: 220+ channels, including BBC America, ENCORE®, National Geographic Channel and MLB Network
  • Digital Premier: 260+ channels. Lineup includes premium channels STARZ®, Cinemax®, HBO® and SHOWTIME®. Also offers Sports Entertainment Package

All base packages include the XFINITY TV Go app and are backed by the Comcast Customer Guarantee™.

International programming

Spanish-language programming packages include XFINITY TV 150 Latino, XFINITY TV 200 Latino, XFINITY TV 300 Latino and XFINITY TV 450 Latino. The lineup of international channels offers programming from countries including Israel, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Korea, Vietnam and Russia.

Sports packages

Choices include NBA LEAGUE PASS, NHL® CENTER ICE® and the Sports Entertainment Package (NFL RedZone, CBS Sports Network, Outside Television and other sports channels).

Music channels

Certain base packages offer 45+ commercial-free channels from Music Choice®. Genres include pop, rock, country, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, R&B, religious and classical.

Features and technology

XFINITY TV offers features such as:

  • HD programming
  • DVR service
  • XFINITY On Demand™
  • XFINITY Streampix®
  • X1 Entertainment Operating System
  • XFINITY TV Go, XFINITY TV Remote and other mobile applications

Multi-service bundles

Options include XFINITY Double Play (TV + Internet, TV + phone) and XFINITY Triple Play (TV + Internet + phone).

Rank Comcast Against Other TV Providers

Getting the full perspective on TV service requires a bit of comparison shopping. For example, a nationwide satellite TV provider like DIRECTV is most likely available in areas that the Comcast service area does not cover. To make a truly informed decision, consumers should research multiple options before settling on any particular provider.

Sources and Research

Data collected 01/07/2015 from http://www.comcast.com/