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|Originally posted by whitllam
Columbus, OH update: One of our HD Columbus members received an email from our local TW president stating that InHD and InHD2 would be coming late January and HD Net and HD Net Movies being released "shortly after that." Of course, no word on adding our local Sinclair affiliates (Fox and ABC) or ESPN-HD.
|Originally posted by SonomaSearcher
This should put some additional pressure on Comcast to pick up HDNet. HDNet Movies would be a bonus but HDNet has the mix of sports, movies and other programming which is key. (Some of the movies on HDNet Movies look like ones I'd watch, but many seem to be B grade or otherwise uninteresting to me.)
With TWC, D*, E* and other cable providers (Charter, Insight, RCN) carrying HDNet, Comcast is at serious risk of being left behind in the dust.
|Originally posted by MythTrip
Wow! This is great news. My only question is when is "Bikini
Destinations" on next? ;)
|Originally posted by NetworkTV
Why would another cable company adding HD-Net put any pressure on Comcast? Cable companies are essentially monopolies - you can't pick your cable provider. Only satellite companies can prompt a cable provider to add a channel because that is direct competition for them, not to mention how really cheap an easy it's become to make the switch.
|While Comcast generated much of the financial headlines over the past year for its purchase and turnaround of AT&T Broadband, Time Warner Cable has not so quietly staked out a leadership position in the digital-video-recorder and high-definition-TV realms.
The MSO has rolled out more DVR subscribers (250,000) and more HD customers (155,000) than any other operator. For leading the industry charge with products aimed at retaining existing customers or attracting new ones, Time Warner Cable is being honored with the Multichannel News Innovator Award for advanced services.
The MSO launched both services late last year, with a strong ramp-up in 2003. Time Warner ended first quarter 2003 with 100,000 DVR subscribers, but added 50,000 in the second quarter and another 100,000 in the third quarter.
The HD rollout was not quite as great, but no less impressive. Time Warner ended the first quarter with 65,000 HD subscribers, before adding 55,000 in the second quarter and 35,000 in the third quarter.
Chuck Ellis, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Time Warner Cable, said he had been "mildy surprised" at DVR penetration levels so far. But once the MSO received data from test markets in Rochester, N.Y., and Green Bay, Wis., executives quickly realized they had a consumer hit on their hands.
Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s set-tops are Time Warner's workhorse for both its DVR and HD services. The MSO prices its DVR box between $4.95 and $9.95 a month; the HD box carries the same monthly lease fee that subscribers paid for previous digital boxes.
"The biggest marketing opportunity is at the transactional-sales level," Ellis said. "80% of sales come in over the telephone."
"The opportunity to simplify offerings for our own [customer service rep] process is a huge benefit for them. That's how the majority of DVRs are going out today. The second-largest area is outbound telemarketing to targeted homes. We haven't done a lot of direct mail," Ellis said, partly because the other sales channels are performing well.
On the HD front, Time Warner Cable carries ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS, or combinations thereof, plus HBO, Showtime, Discovery and many Fox Sports regional networks. Some WB and UPN content also is available. There is no extra charge beyond the lease fee.
The MSO is launching an HDTV tier that now includes In Demand's two HD channels, but will feature more channels in the future.
|We don't have INHD or HDNet nor does anyone I've spoken with know when we're getting them. Actually no one's even heard of the press release, the HD tier or the planned additions.|
|Originally posted by kevinivey
HDNET and HDNET Movies have been added to the Time Warner Cable system in Columbia, Sumter, and Orangeburg South Carolina. We now have INHD,INHD2,HDNET ,and HDNET Movies. It is part of a HD tier and the cost is $6.95 a month, but will not be charged till March 1st. We still need ESPN-HD ,but a lot seems to be happening.
|Originally posted by Robert Clark
None of the Southern California Time Warner Cable websites list DiscoveryHD in their channel lineups.
Is anyone receiving it via TimeWarner in SoCal?
I think I might switch from E* if I can keep DiscoveryHD...
|Originally posted by Griz92867
I'm getting it here with TWC-Orange County as part of the HDTV Basic Package. Discovery HD is on Channel 1120.
If you want INHD1, INHD2,HDNet, and HDNet Movies you have to call them up and tell them you want to add the HDTV Plus package. It is $9.95 a month. They also are showing select Fox Sports West shows in HD on either channel 1105 or 1182. They showed the Lakers game tonight in HD it looked great.