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Setanta Sports has now added Comcast to the list of TV distributors that offer the channel.  Initially, the service is only available only to viewers in the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area (as channel 761).  Setanta Sports debuted on Comcast with little notice to football fans on Nov. 13th, 2008 and AFANA learned of this on Nov. 24th.  Comcast has indicated that as Comcast systems across the country become all digital, Setanta will be added on a progressive basis.  The Comcast press release included this:  "The launch, like the recent and upcoming launches of other international and High Definition programming unique to Comcast’s Boston and Brookline systems, will occur in other New England communities as the rest of the region converts to the nearly all digital network that Comcast created last year in Boston and Brookline as a national model for high-capacity broadband."  Comcast subscribers can call 1-800-266-2278 to inquire on availability in their area (and post a comment to tell us what you learn).  Cost is similar to that on all of the other outlets that offer Setanta Sports; $14.95 per month and is part of the "International" channel packages offered by Comcast.  Boston area fans can subscribe now.  More information is available at these links:

Setanta Sports Info on Comcast

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Setanta is now available via DirecTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, NexTV, GekTV, AT&T U-verse, and some Cox and RCN cable systems.  We will update our TV pages with further information as it becomes available to AFANA.  (This story revised to add info provided by Comcast regarding future distribution.)

Article last changed on Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 6:07 PM EDT


Comments

Posted by Beaver on November 25, 2008

just checked for the availability in the sacramento area.  And wow... surprising at how the comcast rep didnt even know it was a channel they offered. 

They could not even find it....  so they are going to call me back and let me know...

Beaver

Posted by kati (not verified) on July 01, 2009

I live on the North Shore of Boston. I just contacted Comcast, and they no nothing of it. They said I would receive a follow-up letter in 7-10 days. We'll see...I would love to watch the AFL grand final from the comfort of my home.
Posted by admincms on July 01, 2009

Hi Kati,

Glad you stopped by. 

I don't find it surprising that a call center employee wouldn't know although they should be able to check.  Call the local office number on your cable bill (not the toll free national number).  If the employee there doesn't know, ask for a supervisor.   If they say they don't carry it, ask when they will. 

Setanta is only available in areas when Comcast systems are 100% digital.  So, check a few things:  1) is your cable system 100% digital?  This means that no service is available by analog which in turn means you can't simply plug the cable into a TV and it works well enough to give you 70 channels or so.  A set top box or cable card is required for every TV on all digital systems.  2)  Using a TV with a set top box, tune to channel 761.  What message do you get?  If it lets you go that channel and it displays a message saying you must subscribe that is a good sign.  If you can't get to the channel at all that most likely means it isn't available in your area. 

Report back and let us know how it goes.  We're always interested in first hand reports as it helps us when we talk to Setanta and other networks.

-Rob
AFANA Chairman Emeritus and Site Admin

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