Originally Posted by phildaant
How does TWC determine which cities get HD, channels, etc.? Is it based by popularity?
A lot of it depends on where the contracts are negotiated. Some contracts exist from former companies Time Warner Cable purchased, some were signed at a regional level, some were signed at a national level. While sometimes popularity could be a factor, it certainly is as to why some areas get certain channels and others don't. Bandwidth can also be a factor in decisions regarding HD channels. For years, TWC Southern California lagged behind other TWC regions (and still does on premium channels) because they had so many systems to integrate from things acquired from Adelphia, and also areas that were divested from Comcast. These areas all had wildly divergent channel numbers, packages and options. Some systems lacked capacity. As time has gone on, and those systems have become more similar, the offerings have improved relative to other TWC regions. Generally, the NYC division, the Northeast division that covers New England and Upstate NY, and TWC Carolinas are the leaders in HD content for the company. Everyone else gets things at a different pace.
Popularity certainly determines why Southern California has many international channels, and more rural areas in the mountain states have outdoor sporting channels not always carried in Southern California. To pick up on any regional differences in contracts, follow the twice monthly programming legal notices Time Warner Cable posts. These will show what contracts are up, and if there's anything not for all TWC regions. I would think now that most of the Southern California market is all-digital that any holes of HD programming would be filled as contracts are renewed.
You can find those notices at this website:
By my information, TWC SoCal is missing the following channels that are carried in HD in other regions: Africa Channel (NYC only), BBC World News, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, C-SPAN 3, Cooking Channel, DIY, EWTN, Fox Sports 2, GSN, INSP, Jewelry TV, Oxygen, Pop, QVC Plus (NYC only), Reelz Channel, Sprout, UP. And tons of the multiplex HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, TMC, Starz and Encore channels. Also, the extra Game/Team HD feeds for MLB Extra Innings/NHL Center Ice/NBA League Pass.
To show it's not just SoCal missing out, NYC is missing FXM HD that is carried throughout SoCal.