Cablevision subscribers first to get channel

Cartman, Sarah Silverman and other Comedy Central denizens are going high-def.

Comedy Central began offering a high-definition channel to Cablevision subscribers Tuesday. The rollout will continue on Cox and DirecTV later this month, while launches on other carriers are slated for later this year.

Comedy Central has about 200 hours of programming shot in high-def, including 30 episodes of “South Park” and the first two seasons of “The Sarah Silverman Show.”

New series “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire,” which launches April 9, will also support the standard, while future installments of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” will be converted to high-def initially but shot in that standard down the road.

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