Approximately 60 cable operators are using HD channels available through the HITS Quantum platform of linear digital video services, the Comcast Media Center announced today. The HITS Quantum platform is now available to more than 2,000 cable system headends and more than 20 million digital subscribers across the United States. The CMC also announced the addition of FX (East and West Coast feeds), FX HD, HorseRacing TV (HRTV), SPEED and SPEED HD to the HITS Quantum programming lineups, which now encompass more than 285 channels of digital video and audio services.

HITS Quantum’s HD lineup currently features 21 HDTV channels using advanced MPEG-2 compression technology. The all-digital platform supports both 64-QAM and 256-QAM digital modulation schemes, features secured authorization, optimized DPI triggers for the insertion of ads, and high-quality video and audio.

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