About time! The sad HD tier, until now, had a measly three channels and charged $5/month. Its only saving grace is that pretty much all of the other HD channels are included for free with digital TV service and an HD box. With four channels in the HD tier, that comes out to $1.25 each per month.
While it may seem odd to only have 3 or 4 channels in a $5 tier, other TV services are offering something similar. AT&T’s U-verse’s “HD Premium Tier” only has 4 channels for $5 extra per month, Cox’s “High-Definition Plus Tier” is $4.95 and has 3 channels, while DirecTV’s “HD Extra” pack includes six channels for $4.95/month.
Why? Not sure. I’ve never asked. But I have a theory. The channels in these special tiers are from HDNet and other channels that only broadcast in HD. They have no standard-definition counterpart. When a company like Time Warner negotiates with a TV channel on whether it will add it to the lineup, I’m sure it tries to include the network’s catalog of channels — be it high def or standard def.
The MGM HD addition brings Time Warner’s HD offering to approximately 51 channels, if you include the HD tier (4 channels) and premium HD channels (4 channels).
And as a TV service, Time Warner is still playing major catch-up with the rest of the county’s offerings. Here are the latest numbers from the various TV services. I counted up the HD channels listed on the companies’ Web sites. Yes, some companies say they offer more, but if so, they certainly don’t publicize what channels those exactly are:
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