Are you an Eagles football fan? Do you get your weather forecast from Cecily Tynan on Action News or Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz of NBC 10?
If so, you'll be able to see all three in HD by the end of this week.
Comcast of Toms River will fulfill a longtime request of many of its local customers by adding the high definition feeds of the local network television stations broadcast from Philadelphia. The addition, as well as some other changes, are set to go into effect Friday.
Comcast – and the companies that preceded it in most of Ocean County – has always offered the feeds of both New York City and Philadelphia network stations, however until now, they've carried the Philadelphia stations in standard definition only.
The largest constituency of viewers will doubtlessly be local Philadelphia Eagles fans, who have been relegated to the standard definition feed for most of the Birds' games since HD viewing quickly became mainstream over the course of the past decade.
In addition to the Philadelphia high-def feeds, Comcast will add WLNY and WLNY-HD, a Long Island station owned by CBS, to the Toms River lineup. The Aspire channel, Jewish Life TV, Crime & Investigation, Military History Channel, ESPN Goal Line, Pac12 Network and World Fishing Network also will be added to digital and sports packages.
The company also will tweak the local lineup of high definition channels. For many years, high-def channels were carried in the high 100s and 200s, but last summer, many were duplicated in the 800s-1000s range when a slew of new channels were added to the overall lineup.
On Friday, the old lower-numbers lineup will go away. We've attached a PDF file of the new lineup to this article, but tuning in the major network HD feeds shouldn't be too hard to remember. They are:
WCBS (2, CBS) - 802
KYW (3, CBS) - 903
WNBC (4, NBC) - 804
WNYW (5, FOX) - 805
WPVI (6, ABC) - 906
WABC (7, ABC) - 807
WWOR (9, MyTV) - 809
WCAU (10, NBC) - 910
WLNY (10, Ind.) - 810
WPIX (11, CW) - 811
WPHL (17, MyTV) - 907
WTXF (29, FOX) - 905
The company said in a media release that keeping the HD lineup together, rather than dispersed in different channel ranges, will make it easier on customers. The same goes for placing network affiliate HD channels on numbers that correspond with their heritage dial placement.
Comcast of Toms River's system includes Barnegat, Beachwood, Berkeley, Cedar Bonnet, Eagleswood, Island Heights, Lacey, Lakehurst, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Ocean, Ocean Gate, Pine Beach, Stafford, South Toms River, Toms River and Tuckerton.
Similar changes will take place in the Ocean County system, which includes Brick, Point Pleasant Borough, Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking, as well as the LBI system, which covers all the communities on Long Beach Island.