This is the third in a 3-part series of posts. Read the first at “Time Warner still cleaning up cable merger mess in O.C.“ and second at “”Time Warner Cable’s new features finally coming to O.C.“
While most of Time Warner Cable’s Orange County subscribers will have nearly 50 high-definition TV channels by the end of the year, certain customers in Costa Mesa and Tustin will have at least 63 and up to 85 (list of what to come is after the jump).
While it may not be enough to appease some residents, there is an explanation, said Fred Stefany, president of Time Warner’s O.C. operation.
When Time Warner acquired Comcast customers in Orange County last year, Comcast offered fewer analog channels than Time Warner did. In fact, Comcast offered 33 analog channels to its customers in Costa Mesa. In other areas, Time Warner offered 78.
Analog channels take up a lot of space in the cable pipe. One analog channel is equivelent to 15 digitals or 3 HD channels, Stefany said. Time Warner can only transmit a set amount of channels and services before the pipe gets clogged. So get 30 analog channels or 450 digital channels? Hmm… That is definitely one incentive to switch to digital — or move to Costa Mesa or Tustin.
“Costa Mesa and Tustin, the ex-Comcast areas, they were getting 22 to 33 analog channels to begin with. So, we reclaimed those channels and have room for more HD,” Stefany said. “We’ll have 85 channels of HD (in those areas) by the end of the year.”
Of course, if you’re not a Time Warner customer, you may already have 85 HD channels. DirecTV offers 130 HD channels. Verizon’s FiOS TV offers at least 104 HD channels. Not quite there: Most of Cox Cable’s O.C. customers have 51 HD channels, DishNetwork offers around 60 HD channels, and AT&T’s U-verse just announced 30 new HD channels, bringing its total to 75.
Time Warner shared with me its list of future HD channels. This chart shows the two types of customers in Costa Mesa: Former Comcast customers and existing Time Warner customers. Several unannouced channels :
|COSTA MESA||Fmr Comcast||Legacy TWC|
|Food Network HD||Available||Available|
|Discovery Channel HD||Available||Available|
|Disney Channel HD||Available||Available|
|ABC Family HD||Available||Available|
|National Geographic HD||Available||Available|
|Planet Green HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|The Weather Channel HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Toon Disney HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Cartoon Network HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|The Tennis Channel HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Lifetime Movie Network HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Hallmark Movie Channel HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|HBO East HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Cinemax East HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Showtime East HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|The Movie Channel West HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|Starz East HD||16-Dec||TBD|
|INDemand Sports HD 1||16-Dec||TBD|
|INDemand Sports HD 2||16-Dec||TBD|
|Fox News HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|Fox Business Network HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|Animal Planet HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|Travel Channel HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|Science Channel HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|NBA TV HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
|NHL Network HD||17-Dec||17-Dec|
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