Originally posted by pack66
I'm picking up an HDTV w/in the next week and was wondering how the Beaumont area was doing for HD lately. From reading the thread sounds like TWC is pretty bad. Should I look into DishNetwork or Directv instead? How is the OTA reception in the west end area?
OK TIA. Here is a very quick rundown. In the West end of Beaumont you will be able to receive KFDM Channel 6 in HD. They are on channel 21-1 for your over the air receiver. If your new tv has a built in HD tuner then you will not need a set top box to pick up this signal. If your TV is HD ready then you will need an HD reciever to pick up this station. Time Warner has not added the channel 6 HD signal to it's lineup yet.
Channel 4 and 12 are broadcasting in digital on 40-1 and 50-1 but are not HD yet. It may take a year or more for these stations to be able to afford the change over.
I currently have Dish Network and Time Warner. I am leaving the Dish Network because their HD DVR box is $1,000 up front and will probably never have our local CBS, ABC and NBC in HD.
Time Warner on the other hand will give you the HD DVR with a rental fee each month. Eventually they will add our local CBS in HD and the others as they fall in line.
Currently with Time Warner you will get
Fox Sports Net HD (Which had the yankees in HD last night)
ESPN HD (coming this month)
CBS HD (Coming Lord knows when, but it will eventually).
I have an outdoor antenna on my chimney but you can get KFDM with an indoor antenna as well. I actually have been able to pick up Houston Stations some nights but have never been able to get KPLC, NBC in Lake Charles yet from the West end of Beaumont. Too many Trees.
Hope this helps some.