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Channel numbers a mess

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Channel numbers a mess

I came from Dish about 4 months ago. I cannot get over how messed up your channel selection is. I'll be on local CBS 2 HD and want to go to local NBC 5 HD. I press up. It goes to some other channel. You need to basically start from scratch with your channels and get rid of the jump from HD to standard. Make HD start at 500 maybe. So channel 2 HD is 502. Channel 5 HD is 505. Anything but the inane channel placement you have now. Put someone in charge of changing the channels that has some basic logic skills because whoever set it up had none.
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Re: Channel numbers a mess

Cable channel numbers are a bit messy as there was no real standard, and they often go back decades. Comcast does have standardized numbering in the 1000's and are roughly categorized:

1000-1199: Local channels (numbers will vary from city to city), news, weather

1200-1399: Sports

1400-1599: General cable networks

1600-1649: Music

1650-1699: Religious

1700-1749: Kids

1750-1899: Movies, premium networks

 

Numbers below 100 will vary from city to city as it dates back to the analog era when different towns may have had different providers. 101-999 will often be the same within regions as it came during the digital rollout in the early 2000's. (Example: in most of the Chicago area, WFLD-HD is 190, but WFLD-SD can be 3, 12, or possibly others.) Even 100-999 are often roughly categorized in many areas, but became a bit of a mess when networks changed formats over the years (FXX used to be some sports network.)

 

So why not just change them? People still tend to think of channels and networks by their numbers, and changing that can cause MAJOR outrage.