Saturday, May 09, 2009

TWC's Next HD Wave

OMW hears from Time Warner Cable locally that the wave of HDTV channels planned for addition in Northeast Ohio in late April is now showing up for local cable subscribers.

A quick check of the HD DVR here at OMW World Headquarters shows that the channels are indeed available to your Primary Editorial Voice(tm).

OMW hears that though the new HD channels are indeed rolling out, some TWC Northeast Ohio subscribers may not have them yet.

We're told that the launch is indeed, as we've already speculated on our own, linked to the rollout of Switched Digital Video (SDV) throughout Time Warner Cable's local system...and when your local headend does implement SDV, the new channels will be seen.

We're also told that most of this activity to add SDV - to areas without it - is out of the former Adelphia Cleveland-based system, though we're hearing from some of our readers that the SDV rollout has indeed already reached many of the former Adelphia areas.

The presence of the new channels here means we can indeed confirm that on our own.

(We're in that "former Adelphia" list right here at OMW World Headquarters, located roughly adjacent to the Bruce Wayne Mansion somewhere in the former Adelphia service area. Though, we haven't figured out why the hillside opens up occasionally with a sleek, black sportscar speeding out of it.)

Anyway, enough Batman's the list of channels that you may already have as a Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio HD subscriber...and if not, they should show up at some point...

* ESPNEWS, 432*
* MLB, 438*
* TLC, 450
* Animal Planet, 452
* ABC Family, 460
* Bravo HD, 466
* CNBC, 486

* - These channels require a subscription to the Digital Basic Tier...which we presume means that if you get them on SD Digital Cable, you'll get them in HD

The new HD channels had been planned to launch April 29th, but were put on hold until now.

For now, we don't have any word of when areas without the new channels will receive them, but we're assured it's coming...


John said...

Nothing yet in Mayfield Heights

PolarBear said...

The new HD channels are on in Akron, but I'm feeling a flashback to the 'radio days'. There's no picture on most of the channels. Last time I checked, MLB, TLC and Animal are audio only. Right now I'm listening to Animal Planet. And before this, the channels did not work at all. When they were added around 2:45AM last night I just had black screen and breaking up picture. Several commenters at the AVS Forum also reported similar. Looks like TWC is expanding its HD lineup---with faulty, flawed channels that don't work. :(

Thrill said...

I am in southern Stark county and I am getting the same thing that PolarBear said with a few channels being audio only. Hopefully TWC can get this straightened out so we can finally enjoy the channels we have been waiting for.

PolarBear said...

Update: As of now, all the new HD channels are working in the Akron area, except for CNBC which has a black screen with audio only.

Also, some parts of the former Adelphia areas still do not have the new channels.

Shawn From Amherst said...

Nothing yet in Amherst (Lorain County).

Shawn From Amherst said...

Nothing yet in Amherst (Lorain Co.)

Ryan said...

In Cuyahoga Falls, every new channel is working...

Jacob said...

What about we the people living in Conneaut Ohio?

I am looking around for these channels, I have the SD versions, but no HD ones..and it's May 21st..