News that Time Warner Cable picked BigBand Networks to provide switched digital video technology means one major thing for cable customers: More high definition channels are coming sooner than later.
The Redwood City-based BigBand announced its new cable customer in a press release. BigBand will handle Time Warner’s Los Angeles operation, which includes Orange County. BigBand is also deploying switched digital video in Time Warner’s New York and Dallas systems.
Cable TV companies have limited space to stream channels 24/7 in the cable line that feeds TV directly to a customer’s house. Switched digital video allows the cable company to turn some of those channel streams into a video-on-demand channel, which frees up space to add more HD channels or other new content.
Orange County’s former president of Time Warner operations mentioned this was coming last year. But so far, the technology has not been implemented here. Time Warner has been testing this in San Fernando Valley.
So far, the only customers that will be affected by the change are those with TiVos and CableCARDs. See my past stories about what to do if you’re in this situation:
In a press release, Time Warner says technology has allowed the company to offer over 100 HD channels to customers, plus more HD Video on demand, said Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of technology policy and product management.
“We have launched (switched digital video) in over 20 markets to date and know firsthand that, if we want to deploy new programming options for our customers, SDV is the fastest, most cost effective method for our existing network,” he said. ”With the bandwidth that has been reclaimed Time Warner Cable is able to offer over 100 high definition channels to our customers …”
Can anyone guess what those 100 channels are?
Here’s a look at what the HD channels currently offered in Huntington Beach:
|TWC HD channel, 9/2009|
|1||KVEA HD (Telemundo)||31||HGTV HD|
|2||KCBS HD (CBS)||32||Food Network HD|
|3||KNBC HD (NBC)||33||Disney Channel HD|
|4||KTLA HD (CW)||34||ABC Family HD|
|5||KABC HD (ABC)||35||TLC HD|
|6||KOCE HD (PBS)||36||A&E HD|
|7||KCAL HD (Ind)||37||History HD|
|8||KPXN (ION) HD||38||National Geographic HD|
|9||KTTV (FOX) HD||39||USA HD|
|10||KCET HD (PBS)||40||Bravo HD|
|11||KCOP HD (myNetworkTV)||41||Sci Fi HD|
|12||Palladia HD||42||CNBC HD+|
|13||TNT HD||43||Live Well HD (KABC-DT2)|
|14||HD Theater||44||Animal Planet HD|
|15||TBS in HD||45||Travel Channel HD|
|16||Discovery Channel HD||46||FX HD|
|17||Universal HD||47||Science Channel HD|
|18||Smithsonian Channel HD||48||FOX Sports West HD|
|19||Crime & Investigation Network HD||49||Prime Ticket HD|
|20||MGM HD||50||Fox News HD|
|21||The Golf Channel HD||51||Fox Business Network HD|
|22||ESPN HD||52||Versus HD|
|23||ESPN2 HD||53||MLB Network HD|
|24||ESPNews HD||54||NHL Network HD|
|25||HBO HD||55||HBO HD|
|26||Showtime HD||56||Cinemax HD|
|27||Starz HD||57||Showtime HD|
|28||Cinemax HD||58||Starz HD|
|29||HD (Pay-per-view)||59||iN Demand HD Sports 1|
|30||CNN HD||60||iN Demand HD Sports 2|
Earlier on Time Warner and switched video: