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post #361 of 9385 Old 09-23-2006, 05:58 AM
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So TWC are you a player or are you going to sit back and fall WAY BEHIND!!!!


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Robert, do you live in Orange County, CA (is that what you mean by OC)? Is that part of the LA system? Reason I ask is that I was told by the TWC programming guy here in Charlotte that here and LA were the most bandwidth-challenged in the TWC family. That was his excuse for not adding any more HD channels here.

Yes archiguy, my TWC is part of the LA system. It will be interesting what these new channels do to the picture quality...

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Lucky you, still no indication of StarzHD and CinemaxHD around here.

And don't get too excited about UniversalWasteofSpaceHD.

They've given us UHD twice and taken it back before. Much of their offerings are pretty weak BUT.... Firefly and BSG in HD. Good enough for me...

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I know that Verizon has been trying to get cable franchise licenses for Orange County, but I don't think they've had much success. I've only seen reports of them securing franchises for Beaumont, Apple Valley, Hermosa Beach, and Murrieta in CA. Without the franchise, they can only provide us Internet...no TV.

My guess for this speed up is that with the acquisitions, they wanted to assimilate the channel lineups from Comcast and Adelphia. So everybody has what they had before, plus more.

Last I heard the state wide cable franchise bill was stiitng on the Govenator's desk. Has he signed it? Anyone know?

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TWC is carrying the Saturday FSN HD NCAA College Football games in HD, at least in some areas on INHD2.

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TWC is carrying the Saturday FSN HD NCAA College Football games in HD, at least in some areas on INHD2.

It's on TWC ch.292 INHD2 on the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville system in North Carolina in 720p.
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TWC is carrying the Saturday FSN HD NCAA College Football games in HD, at least in some areas on INHD2.

In SoCal it is on the HD Sports Special events channel. I wish they would save bandwidth by using INHD2...but they never touch it here.
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TWC is carrying the Saturday FSN HD NCAA College Football games in HD, at least in some areas on INHD2.

I wish they did that in NYC, everytime I ask the suits here at TWCNYC why they just dont show games on INHD2 they ignore my question.

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It's on TWC ch.292 INHD2 on the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville system in North Carolina in 720p.

was the program guide changed for the event or did they just put it on

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Off Air in the program guide here in SoCal
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was the program guide changed for the event or did they just put it on

No guide change. The EPG listed a Melissa Ethridge concert I believe at that time.
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well, now you've done it!

Fred's retiring. I wouldn't expect any big push for programming change in the coming months. This is what happens when you stalk TWC executives and demand change!


Dressler to Depart Time Warner

Time Warner Cable programming executive Fred Dressler will soon take a seat on the bench as sources close to the MSO said its chief programming-rights negotiator is expected to retire at the end of the year.

Time Warner officials would not confirm Dressler's imminent retirement, but sources close to the MSO, as well as network executives who've been in contact with Dressler, said he'll leave the company after 30 years on the job. An official announcement could come as early as this week.

Sources inside the MSO said either of its two senior vice presidents of programming -- Lynne Costantini or Melinda Witmer -- could succeed Dressler. Former Adelphia Communications senior VP of programming Judy Meyka's name has also come up as a possible replacement.

Dressler's successor will report to senior executive VP Robert Marcus, who oversees the programming department.

Rumors about Dressler's departure have been floating throughout the industry for years.

Earlier this year, Dressler was rumored to be leaving Time Warner to take an executive position at upstart regional sports network SportsNet New York, which Time Warner co-owns with Comcast and Major League Baseball's New York Mets. Dressler was intimately involved in securing distribution deals for the network, and he is said to have personally negotiated its Cablevision Systems deal.

Dressler has been one of the most influential MSO programming negotiators in the industry, and he is known in particular for taking a hard stance against rising sports costs. He was the driving force behind Time Warner's 2003 launch of its digital sports tier, which includes such networks as CSTV, NBA TV and The Tennis Channel.

But the tiers are devoid of highly rated networks such as ESPN and the RSNs, and Dressler has been unable to convince NFL Network to launch on the tier. Sports-network executives said the tiers have failed to draw a sizable audience, averaging penetration of 10%-20%.

An NFL Network spokesman jokingly said, Maybe Mr. Dressler can bring his failed sports tiers into retirement with him.

News of Dressler's exit was reported in Sports Business Journal Monday.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=Breaking+News


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But the tiers are devoid of highly rated networks such as ESPN and the RSNs, and Dressler has been unable to convince NFL Network to launch on the tier. Sports-network executives said the tiers have failed to draw a sizable audience, averaging penetration of 10%-20%.

An NFL Network spokesman jokingly said, Maybe Mr. Dressler can bring his failed sports tiers into retirement with him.

So the pissing match between TWC and the NFL Network sounds like it is more of a personal grudge rather than what is best for the customers. Comcast was able to get the NFL Network to agree to being on a sports tier so there is no reason why TWC can't do the same.

If the NFL Network thinks that TWC had "failed sports tiers", perhaps they should realize that most people are not sports junkies and that their product is not the best thing since sliced bread.

The only people suffering here are the sports junkies like myself
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Dressler has been one of the most influential MSO programming negotiators in the industry, and he is known in particular for taking a hard stance against rising sports costs.

Okay, I've wondered what this means for a long time; finally going to ask: What does "MSO" mean? Is it a generic term for "cable company"?
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Sports-network executives said the tiers have failed to draw a sizable audience, averaging penetration of 10%-20%.

Here's an idea, NFL Network: Maybe 10-20% is all that's willing to pay add'l for a sports tier, not that's it's a failure at all !
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Okay, I've wondered what this means for a long time; finally going to ask: What does "MSO" mean? Is it a generic term for "cable company"?

MSO = Multiple System Operator
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Dressler to Depart Time Warner

thank god, maybe we can get some deals done now.

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Sources inside the MSO said either of its two senior vice presidents of programming -- Lynne Costantini or Melinda Witmer -- could succeed Dressler. Former Adelphia Communications senior VP of programming Judy Meyka’s name has also come up as a possible replacement.

Hmmmmmm, Lynne, Melinda or Judy. Guess you can expect to look forward to more Lifetime/Oxygen/Food/HGTV network like deals than sports deals.
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Guess you can look forward to more Lifetime/Oxygen/Food/HGTV network like deals than sports deals.

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new link

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...&text=Dressler

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Time Warner Unifies L.A.

By Steve Donohue 10/3/2006 5:20:00 PM

Time Warner Cable said it is moving quickly to integrate the systems it recently acquired from Adelphia Communications and Comcast in the Los Angeles area, boasting Tuesday that it will standardize the digital-channel lineup in the region beginning in November.

The changes will involve switching to genre-based channel lineups, the introduction of Digital Phone, new HDTV channels and additional ethnic-language launches, Time Warner said.

Its Los Angeles-area systems will adopt genre-based channel lineups, grouping networks by categories such as kids, sports, movies and HD, Time Warner said, adding that the move is designed to ease channel surfing.

The MSO said its new lineup includes 20 HD channels, one-dozen new Spanish-language channels, three additional Asian-language channels and three networks that target the African-American community.

Time Warner said it is marketing the changes through a campaign involving TV, radio, outdoor and print advertising, in addition to bill inserts and e-mail messages.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=Breaking+News

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The MSO said its new lineup includes 20 HD channels
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The MSO said its new lineup includes 20 HD channels

If they listed them, it might be believable.
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The MSO said its new lineup includes 20 HD channels

doesn't say "good" channels though.


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The MSO said its new lineup includes 20 HD channels

In the LA area beginning Oct 18, there will be 19 channels but that is if you include HD special events and HD Pay per View. The new channels are Universal, Cinemax and Starz. So there are really 17.
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I believe it is 20

Here is the list they sent me for what the guide will be on Oct 18:

KCBS HD (CBS) 402
KNBC HD (NBC) 404
KABC HD (ABC) 407
KTTV HD (FOX) 411
KCET HD (PBS) 412
HD Special Events (FSN HD) 413
TNT HD 415
Discovery HD Theater 416
Universal HD 419
HDNet 420
HDNet Movies 421
INHD 422
INHD2 423
ESPN HD 424
HBO HD 427
Showtime HD 428
Starz HD 429
Cinemax HD 430
HD (Pay-per-view) 431
iN Demand Sports HD 733
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Minus Starz and Cinemax that is the exact same lineup they have had in place in this area for a year. Maybe longer I can't remember.

The lack of any "new" channels (NatGeoHD, FoodHD etc.) indicates to me that they still haven't made any effort to speed up channel acquisition.


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I do not see ESPN2HD listed.
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Interesting... (20) channels just like the "news" release stated. Was this release division-specific ?? I thought it was TWC nationwide. My local TWC already carries most of those except for the local network affiliates, obviously, and Starz and Cinemax.
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The release is clearly just for the greater Los Angeles area. The only additions for exisiting TWC subscribers for this area are UniversalHD, CinemaxHD, and StarzUPCONVERT. The additions are must greater for those who are being transitioned from Adelphia and Comcast.
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