The Real Deal: TWC Switching Cable Line-Up
Updated: Thursday, September 5 2013, 12:33 AM EDT
ALBANY - If you're a Time Warner Cable customer, get ready for some big changes to your cable line-up. Time Warner is shuffling all of its channels in all of the HD tiers.
Channels 1-99 will be unchanged but every channel above 99 will shuffle. The Cable Company will now group high definition channels together by genre. Entertainment and lifestyle networks will be found in the 100s; News, information and kids and teen programing will be in the 200s and sports fans will hit the 300s to catch their favorite programs and games. Time Warner says the changes will make it easier for customers to find what theyre looking for but it doesnt appear the company gave much thought to what those customers would be leaving behind.
Cartoon network, Disney, ABC Family all of the kid stations are now going to be Real, Penthouse, Playboy, so it's kinda scary to think about what the possibilities are, says Christopher Leavitt, a Time Warner Cable Customer. Time Warner is moving adult programing to the 1800s which is where most customers currently find local news, family and children program in high definition. Kids are going back to school, they get home they want to watch TV, they turn on the TV show and now, they go to a screen that says hey, you want to buy this show, if they hit the wrong button and the parents don't have the right security settings, now all of the sudden they're watching something you don't want them to watch at all, Leavitt says.
A spokeswoman for Time Warner tells CBS6 that all parental control and DVR settings will transition automatically, so customers dont have to worry about reprogramming their parental control settings. Leavitt says hes hoping that technology is working right when the transition happens on October 8th. It's kinda a bad situation that they put themselves in, and I'm surprised more people haven't noticed it yet, he says.
The Capital Region transition is scheduled to take place between October 8th-10th. Time Warner has already made a similar change in the Syracuse-area.