Comcast adds 4 channels to cable lineup HARFORD COUNTY

February 03, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Comcast Cable viewers can now tune into more classic movies, science fiction, education programs and cartoons with the addition of four channels.

Harford County's largest cable provider added Monday the American Movie Classics, the Sci-Fi Channel, the Learning Channel and the Cartoon Network, shown on channels 51 through 54.

The entire package, dubbed People's Choice, is being offered free on a 25-day trial to all 39,732 Harford Comcast customers. The package will add $2.95 a month to the preferred basic fee after Feb. 25.

American Movie Classics is the only cable channel featuring 24 hours of classic movies -- uncut, black-and-white and commercial-free. AMC will offer more than 100 dramas, comedies, musicals, westerns and mysteries every month.

The Sci-Fi Channel promises to transport the viewer to worlds of imagination with films such as "Star Wars," "Alien," "Star Trek" and the "Abyss." The channel also will offer some of the most popular series in television history, including "Dark Shadows," "Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century," "War of the Worlds" and "Dr. Who."

Classic science-fiction movies from the 1940s, '50s and '60s also will be shown.

Cable's premiere educational network, the Learning Channel, is dedicated to providing programs that satisfy the viewer's thirst for knowledge. Teacher TV, the channel's in-depth look at innovative teachers, schools and techniques, will be a regular feature.

Cartoon Network, owned by the Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting Network, is the nation's first 24-hour animation channel.

Over 7,500 titles are featured from the Hanna-Barbara library. Shows will be scheduled in blocks, with offerings like "The Tom and Jerry Hour," "Daffy Tonight" and "Down With Droopy."

Customers also will be able to receive the Eternal Word Television Network on Channel 16 from 6 to 11 a.m. And, because of upgrading of computer software, viewers will receive local radar on the Weather Channel rather than the written information they had received.

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