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Sunday, August 29, 2004; Page F07

To get local digital broadcasts as well as HDTV versions of popular non-broadcast channels, you'll need a cable package or a mix of satellite service and over-the-air reception. Here's the monthly cost of a bundle of high-definition content that includes the HD versions of ESPN and HBO:

Cable

Adelphia: $77.15 (in Loudoun County; price varies elsewhere). ABC, Fox, WB, ESPN HD channels not yet available in Frederick, Loudoun counties. Cable box rental adds $7.95, or rent CableCard for $1.75.

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Comcast: $69.95 (in Montgomery County; price varies elsewhere). Cable box rental adds $5, or obtain a CableCard for free.

Cox: $60.34 (in Fairfax County only). Fox, PBS and WB HD channels not yet available. Cable box rental adds $9.99, or rent CableCard for $1.99.

Starpower: $74.90 (in D.C.; price varies elsewhere). WB HD channel not yet available. Cable box rental adds $9.95, or rent CableCard for $7.95.

Satellite

DirecTV: $59.98 . Local HD channels not included. Dish and receiver cost $299 upfront.

Dish Network: $53.97. Local HD channels not included. Dish and receiver free with subscription or $499 upfront.

Voom: $69.80. Local HD channels not included. Dish and receiver rental adds $9.50, or buy upfront for $499.


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