Can you stand another Time Warner Cable story this week? If you are a subscriber, this is a one we’ve been waiting for: The company just told me that 21 more HD channels are now being rolled out to Orange County residents, starting with folks living in Tustin and Costa Mesa. Everyone else should have them by Dec. 10.
According to my count, this brings Time Warner’s HD offering to 75 in the Orange County area (see my new Time Warner HD Channel page: HERE). It’s still nowhere near Verizon FiOS, which has 133 HD channels (see the FiOS HD channel tracker HERE), but at least the cable provider continues to add channels. Reminder, it added Fuse HD yesterday.
Also, all of the new Time Warner channels are included with digital cable so current subscribers don’t have to pay a penny extra. CLARIFICATION, added 2 p.m.: Darryl Ryan, Time Warner director of media relations, clarifies that some of the new HD channels are only available to customers at no extra charge if they already get certain digital tiers, such as the sports tier. The new channels, such as NBA TV HD, don’t cost extra if you already subscribe to that tier. Thanks reader Tim for asking.
After interviewing the local presidents last week (my reports are coming soon, I promise!), they assure me that their goal is to get 100 HD channels in all markets as soon as possible.
The new HD channels coming next month are (drumroll please)…:
- AMC HD (Channel 479) — Classic movies but also home to talked-about TV series “Mad Men.”
- IFC HD (Channel 480) — The Independent Film Channel has a ton of movies you’ve probably never heard of plus broadcasts from the Independent Spirit Awards and Cannes Film Festival and other movie festivals.
- WE HD (Channel 486) — Part of the WE tv network that targets women. Shows include “Bridezillas,” and “The Locator.”
- E! HD (Channel 487) — For entertainment, of course. E! is responsible for bringing us shows like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “The Girls Next Door.”
- G4 HD (Channel 495) – The channel for video game lovers.
- The Style Network HD (Channel 488) — Possibly better know for housecleaning shows like “Clean House” rather than beauty and fashion.
- History International HD (Channel 455) — Need to know about the history of anything? There’s probably a show here for you.
- Investigation Discovery HD (Channel 449) — Another history-inspired show broadcast as part of the Discovery Channel lineup.
- CBS College Sports HD (Channel 474) — a 24-hour channel covering 25 men’s and women’s sports
- NBA TV HD (Channel 472) — All about NBA basketball, includes live games 4 days a week during the season. Your local game may not be broadcast however due to local blackout restrictions. Broadcasts international games on weekends.
- BBC America HD (Channel 448) – The British Broadcasting Corporation’s channel of British shows
- Turner Classic Movies HD (Channel 478) — Classic movies. How many? 400 a month, according to Time Warner. That adds up to “over 2,000 unique movies a year that aren’t on any other television channel.”
- HLN HD (Channel 447) — This is CNN’s Headline News channel, which cycles through the news, offering updates when available.
- MSNBC HD (Channel 446) — NBC’s cable news channel for 24/7 news coverage.
- WGN America HD (Channel 458) — Part of the network that offers Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball games and World Wrestling Entertainment coverage. Also includes movies and reruns.
- Outdoor Channel HD (Channel 499) — Hunting, fishing, off-roading shows, you get the picture. Channel says that 80 percent of its original programs are in HD so it makes sense to finally offer an HD version.
- TV One HD (Channel 498) — A channel targeting African American adults. TV
- HSN HD (Channel 489) — No need to go online to shop with the Home Shopping Network in high definition. Open 24/7.
- QVC HD (Channel 490) — Shopping TV competitor that is also open 24 hours a day.
- KMEX HD (Channel 400) — The simulcast of KMEX Univision 34, a Spanish-language network.
- TFTR HD (Channel 399) — The West Coast station of the TeleFutura network. Programming includes sports, particularly boxing and soccer, productions from Mexico and Venezuela and major motion pictures dubbed in Spanish.
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