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Why does Comcast down-convert MoviePLEX from HD to SD?

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Why does Comcast down-convert MoviePLEX from HD to SD?

Both Windows Media Center program guide and rovi TV listings (TV Listings | Rovi) show MoviePLEX programs as HD, but they are broadcast as SD. Why?

 

In July 2017 STARZ transitioned transmission of MoviePLEX to its affiliates from SD to HD (2017 HD-Only Signal Transition Important Dates)? However, although Comcast now receives MoviePLEX service from STARZ in HD it chooses to down-convert it to SD for broadcast to it subscribers. Why?


Before this change the CCI for MoviPLEX was "copy freely," now it is "copy once."  Why? I don’t know why, but I guess because Comcast’s MoviePLEX service from STARZ is now HD, that Arris engineers and/or Comcast engineers involved in this transition concluded that the content must now be “high value” (because Comcast receives MoviePLEX content in HD). However, Comcast’s subscribers receive MoviePLEX content in SD (because Comcast down-converts it). 

The HD MoviePLEX content that STARZ transmits to Comcast may be “high value.” However, the SD MoviePLEX content that Comcast broadcasts to it subscribers is not “high value.” It is not a premium channel. Why does Comcast set the MoviePLEX CCI to “copy once?”

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Re: Why does Comcast down-convert MoviePLEX from HD to SD?

Hi MrReis, The networks are the ones that provide us with the content we provide. We’re always evaluating the content and channels we offer customers, so MoviePLEX may be available in HD in the future. To submit your interest in MoviePLEX, please visit here: https://www.xfinity.com/support/cable-tv/channel-availability-faqs/​ ​


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