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post #61 of 104
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Originally Posted by Qixotl View Post

Just saw that notice myself. This system seems very appropriate for SDV, but I never imagined that they would implement it here this soon. The changeover deadline seems to be way too quick to fully inform Tivo owners to pick up a converter box at the Newtown office (and many will need installation help too), so I can see the switchover date being delayed or possibly we will see a slow gradual migration of channels to SDV delivery to minimize the initial angry phone call barrage. I wonder if they will strip a few more analog channels off of the expanded basic package at the same time.


Typically channels that are added to SDV are lesser watched channels. Since SDV involves setting a limit to the number of people in a given area that can access channels at the same time, it's unlikely you'll see high profile channels in basic and expanded channels be given the SDV treatment. There's a law of diminishing returns with SDV, if you give a channel too many 'slots' you might as well just send it out via normal distribution.

My guess is that you'll see things like the sports packages (MLB extra innings, Center Ice and ESPN Gameplan) be moved to SDV first since the number of subscribers on the system is far less than other channels. After that, I'd look for them to move some of the premiums, foreign language packages (if they even have that) or possibly the expanded HD tier. Any of those changes would clear up more bandwidth to offer new HD channels via regular distribution.

Consequently, if the number of cablecard users is as small as they're saying, then the number of those customers who order those packages is in all likelyhood even smaller so getting the Tivo adapters out shouldn't be too difficult for that timeframe.

Edit: Charter's own website seems to imply that all encrytped digital channels are sent via SDV in areas where it's available. That's really aggressive but would open up tons of space.
http://www.charter.com/customers/sup...articleid=1868
post #62 of 104
Any update on what new channels we will receive and how long it will take after the SDV rollout on 2/11? Thanks!
post #63 of 104
Cable company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen aims to shed $8 billion in debt through bankruptcy filing.

By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer
Last Updated: February 12, 2009: 2:31 PM ET


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Charter Communications, a provider of cable TV, Internet and other broadband services, said on Thursday that it will file for bankruptcy, as part of a "financial restructuring."

The St. Louis-based company said it planned to reduce its debt by $8 billion as a result of a Chapter 11 filing. The company added it intended to file on or before April 1.

"The purpose of Charter's financial restructuring is to strengthen its balance sheet in order to fully support the company's operations and service its debt," said the company, in a press release.

Chief Executive Neil Smit said in the same release that the company "will be even better positioned to deliver the products and services our customers demand now and in the future" as a result of the filing.

The company described its operations as "strong," and said it had $800 million in cash to help meet its needs to continue operating. The company said in its press release that service should "continue as usual."

One analyst said the news was not a surprise and that it could be beneficial for the company.

"This is expected, and this is a fairly traditional style of bankruptcy," said Chris Roberts, analyst for Tejas Securities Group. "By cutting interest expense, they'll generate more cash flow to help invest in the business."

Charter's largest shareholder is its chairman, Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500).

Charter, which has about 5.5 million customers across the country, is the nation's third largest publicly traded cable company, behind Comcast (CMCSA, Fortune 500) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). (Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner, which also owns CNNMoney.com. Time Warner (TWX, Fortune 500) plans to spin off Time Warner Cable later this year.)

Charter's (CHTR, Fortune 500) stock plummeted nearly 50% on the news, to about 3 cents a share. Because of its low stock price, it is vulnerable to large fluctuations.
post #64 of 104
The following programming services will be added to the Newtown system:

WHPX-26 ION SD (Channel 241);
WSAH (IND) SD (Channel 246);
WPXN-31 ION SD (Channel 247);
WCTX-59 (MyTV) HD (Channel 789).

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...3?OpenDocument
post #65 of 104
Anyone else having problems getting the digital, HD feeds of WFSB and WTNH using the QAM tuner of their TV? I have Charter and located in Winsted.
post #66 of 104
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Originally Posted by mws192 View Post

WCTX-59 (MyTV) HD (Channel 789).

Does anybody actually have this channel? I don't see it in my guide. Thanks.
post #67 of 104
I posted a question to user Umatter2Charter over in another thread (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16748598) about WCTX and other HD channels. His response was PM'd to me, but it seems that the legal filing for WCTX in Newtown was incorrect in that it is not available in Fairfield county.

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Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

Umatter2Charter
Charter Support


Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Town & Country, MO
Posts: 50 HD Channel Lineup

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Good afternoon,

Per our marketing director,

"Newtown, CT for WCTX and HD additions in general. - THIS IS AVAILBLE IN LITCHFIELD AND NEW HAVEN COUNTY ONLY - WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY BECAUSE IT IS NOT AVAIALBE IN SD. - OTHER HD'S WE ARE HOPING TO ADD ABOUT 20 MORE BY YEAR END - PROBABLY STARTINGIN 4TH QTR"

As soon as the channels are finialized you will receive a mailer.

George
post #68 of 104
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Originally Posted by mws192 View Post

I posted a question to user Umatter2Charter over in another thread (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16748598) about WCTX and other HD channels. His response was PM'd to me, but it seems that the legal filing for WCTX in Newtown was incorrect in that it is not available in Fairfield county.

WCTX has an asterisk under the Channel lineup of that Tariff.

* Available only in the Towns of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, Washington, Woodbury, Southbury and Warren.


George
post #69 of 104
Fascinating about WCTX, in that it sure seems to me that NESN could be offered on Charter in the very same fashion.
post #70 of 104
How about offering My9, WWOR-HD, since WCTX isn't available down here?

Not to mention that Fairfield County gets all the CT HD stations even though they're in the NYC DMA. All the must carry stations are only carried in standard definition. Not a single CT station offers news in HD, so what's the point if the vast majority of other content is the same?


Must Carry NY based channels Charter does not offer a comparable CT HD station for:
WWOR-HD (MyNetworkTV)
WPIX-HD (CW 11)
WPXN-HD (Ion)
WNJU-HD (Telemundo- although I think they charge fees, no longer making them a must carry)
Live Well HD (a sub channel of WABC)

Must Carry NY based channels that Charter does offer a comparable CT HD based station:
WNET-HD (PBS) instead they offer WEDW-DT
WCBS (CBS) instead they offer WFSB
WFSB (NBC)instead they offer WVIT
WNYW (FOX) instead they offer WTIC
WABC (ABC) instead they offer WTNH
post #71 of 104
Charter Communications/Western Connecticut-Newtown/Winsted (the Company”) herein provides notice of the following channel changes, effective October 27, 2009:


• Shop NBC will move from Channel 77 to Channel 183*, and Jewelry TV will move from Channel 185 (Expanded Basic) to Channel 185* (Basic). Both channels will now be part of Basic Service, but will require a digital converter to receive.

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...0?OpenDocument
post #72 of 104
Hi everyone, just moved to the area and now have Charter. I was just wondering if anyone had noticed(I haven't seen it mentioned here) that Ion appears to be broadcasting in clear qam in HD despite not being mapped to the boxes. It maps on my TV to 115-3 and its definitely the HD version. I am in Trumbull for those interested in the location.

I was also curious if there was a specific reason anyone knew about that we don't MSG HD? Has it just not been added or is there something specific. Moving to this area from Cablevision(at home) and Time Warner Albany(at school), the HD selection has been disappointing, but the lack of MSG HD is the most disappointing for me, since I love watching the Rangers in HD.
post #73 of 104
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Originally Posted by acs12798 View Post

Hi everyone, just moved to the area and now have Charter. I was just wondering if anyone had noticed(I haven't seen it mentioned here) that Ion appears to be broadcasting in clear qam in HD despite not being mapped to the boxes. It maps on my TV to 115-3 and its definitely the HD version. I am in Trumbull for those interested in the location.

I two was wondering about this I live in trumbull as well but recieve ION HD on 0-3 Ion DT 0-2, 0-1, and ION on 16. A tech was here today installing a tuning adapter for me and I asked him why I get ION w. QAM but nothing else all he said was IDK charters lineup that well. Not a very good answer huh :-/
post #74 of 104
17 new HD channels coming to the Newtown system by the end of October and into early November, although what 17 is still unknown.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post17198715
post #75 of 104
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Originally Posted by mws192 View Post

17 new HD channels coming to the Newtown system by the end of October and into early November, although what 17 is still unknown.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post17198715

I'll keep everyone up to date.
post #76 of 104
http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...8?OpenDocument

Beginning on October 20th, we are planning to launch the following new HD channels:


USA HD 743 20-Oct-2009
BRAVOHD 702 20-Oct-2009
DISNEY CH HD 753 20-Oct-2009
LIFETIME HD 748 20-Oct-2009
TRAVEL CH HD 738 20-Oct-2009
CNN HD 728 27-Oct-2009
SCIENCE CH HD 715 27-Oct-2009
CNBCHD 723 27-Oct-2009
HALLMARK MOVIE CH SD 194 27-Oct-2009
HALLMARK MOVIE CH HD 707 27-Oct-2009
SPEED CH HD 763 27-Oct-2009
SYFYHD 720 3-Nov-2009
AMC HD 705 3-Nov-2009
IFC HD 703 3-Nov-2009
WE HD 750 3-Nov-2009
FUSE HD 710 3-Nov-2009
NHL NETWORK HD 765 10-Nov-2009
CARTOON NET HD 756 10-Nov-2009


Not a bad list. It's a step in the right direction but still way behind other services in the area.

It's a shame that it includes all of the Cablevision (Rainbow Media) owned channels except MSGHD and MSG+HD. So still no local pro teams involving the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and NJ Devils or Fox Sports Net affiliate college games in HD.
post #77 of 104
Pretty good! Given the absurd rate hikes, it's good to see we're getting something for it. Very pleased about CNN, AMC, USA.

But guess what? Still no NESN in Litchfield County! Surprise surprise!
post #78 of 104
Charter adds ESPN360 for all it's internet subscribers.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post17281842
post #79 of 104
Tonight begins a season of rangers hockey without MSGHD. It makes me doubly sad since where I lived until a few months ago(albany, ny area) which has had MSGHD for years, finally added MSG+ HD so all the Rangers games offered in HD will be HD. When I buy my own place, rather than rent, the lack of MSGHD is what would most likely make me get directtv rather than charter.

Edit: Came home today to find the CW affiliate in hd(sporting a wb logo) on 780. No opening day MSGHD surprise though.
post #80 of 104
No Giants game on Thanksgiving in HD here. SD only.

http://www.wpix.com/about/pressroom/...0,133928.story
post #81 of 104
post #82 of 104
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Originally Posted by mws192 View Post

No Giants game on Thanksgiving in HD here. SD only.

http://www.wpix.com/about/pressroom/...0,133928.story

Good thing that we will be in NYC for Thanksgiving this year!
post #83 of 104
Anyone else noticing persistent problems with the HD feed of WTNH? We find that we get either no picture or no picture & no sound at least one morning a week, and have to switch to the SD channel. This is with an SA HD box. Meanwhile we get no signal or weak signal on another tv using QAM (might be a splitter issue but WTNH HD is the only affected channel). Thought I'd see if there is anyone else seeing inconsistent performance from the station before I try any possible remedies.
post #84 of 104
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know what channel numbers Charter uses for the local broadcast networks for the HD signal? I used to get the following just using my HD tuner in my TV:

101.003 CBSHD
101.004 PBS-HD
91.004 ABCHD
81.002 NBCHD
81.001 FOXHD

The only ones I still get are the CBS-HD channel and the PBS-HD channel. Everything else just shows black. I have D* but use these occasionally during football season since the CT channels sometimes show different NFL games.
post #85 of 104
In the western part of the state, my HD TV pulls up:

CBS - 101.1
PBS - 101.2
ABC - 117.3
NBC - 80.1
FOX - 80.2


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Originally Posted by cg1200 View Post

Does anyone know what channel numbers Charter uses for the local broadcast networks for the HD signal? I used to get the following just using my HD tuner in my TV:

101.003 CBSHD
101.004 PBS-HD
91.004 ABCHD
81.002 NBCHD
81.001 FOXHD

The only ones I still get are the CBS-HD channel and the PBS-HD channel. Everything else just shows black. I have D* but use these occasionally during football season since the CT channels sometimes show different NFL games.
post #86 of 104
Pursuant to General Statutes § 16-333f , Charter Communications/Western Connecticut-Newtown (the Company”) herein provides notice of the following new programming services to be added to the system in Fairfield County only, effective October 12, 2010.

• WCBS-HD will be launched on Channel 790.
• WNYW-HD will be launched on Channel 791.
• WABC-HD will be launched on Channel 792.
• WNBC-HD will be launched on Channel 793.
• WPIX-HD will be launched on Channel 794.

In addition, the following programming services will be removed from the system in Fairfield County only, effective November 30, 2010.

• WTCC-HD (CW) (formerly WTXX-HD) on Channel 780.
• WVIT-HD (NBC) on Channel 785.
• WTIC-HD (FOX) on Channel 786.


http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndocketed.nsf/88f12116235902e185256a860056babb/85256a63004def968525779900523ee7/$FILE/ltr%20re%20new%20service%20offerings%20CT%20West%20Newtown%2 0(Fairfield%20County)%20for%2010-12-10.doc
post #87 of 104
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Originally Posted by mws192 View Post

Pursuant to General Statutes § 16-333f , Charter Communications/Western Connecticut-Newtown (the Company") herein provides notice of the following new programming services to be added to the system in Fairfield County only, effective October 12, 2010.

o WCBS-HD will be launched on Channel 790.
o WNYW-HD will be launched on Channel 791.
o WABC-HD will be launched on Channel 792.
o WNBC-HD will be launched on Channel 793.
o WPIX-HD will be launched on Channel 794.

In addition, the following programming services will be removed from the system in Fairfield County only, effective November 30, 2010.

o WTCC-HD (CW) (formerly WTXX-HD) on Channel 780.
o WVIT-HD (NBC) on Channel 785.
o WTIC-HD (FOX) on Channel 786.

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndocketed.nsf/88f12116235902e185256a860056babb/85256a63004def968525779900523ee7/$FILE/ltr%20re%20new%20service%20offerings%20CT%20West%20Newtown%2 0(Fairfield%20County)%20for%2010-12-10.doc

So, this officially puts the lie to the party line I heard IN THE CHARTER OFFICE (Newtown) about not being able to serve different programming lineups to different counties. There is now literally no excuse not to offer NESN in Litchfield and New Haven counties. I know I sound like a broken record on this, but honestly, Charter, get with it and get it done!
post #88 of 104
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Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

We launched MTV HD and Comedy Central HD yesterday. On 11/10 we will have ABC Family HD and Nickelodeon HD. We will have more to follow.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post19430168



Edit: Legal - http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...4?OpenDocument
post #89 of 104
The pricing for Sports View will increase from $5 to $10 per month. As a sincere gesture of gratitude to loyal Charter customers currently in our Sports View tier, their current price of $5/month will remain in effect as a promotional offer, extended to them for 6 months, at which time the new pricing will apply.

Also, effective January 18, 2011, the monthly premium programming pricing will be adjusted as follows:


HBO/Cinemax $20 (+$6 from $14)
Showtime/The Movie Channel $15 (+$1)
Starz/Encore $15 (+$1)
TWO Premium Services $30 (+4)
THREE Premium Services $40 (+$4)
NOTE: Two and three premium service combination discounts are available when enjoying HBO & Cinemax.

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...6?OpenDocument
post #90 of 104
Charter Communications/Western Connecticut-Newtown (the Company) herein provides notice of the addition, effective February 25, 2011, of the following channels to our channel line-up in Fairfield County only:

WABC-HD multicast service, Live Well, will be added to Channel 787
WABC -SD multicast service, Live Well, will be added to Channel 244

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DPUCUndo...8?OpenDocument
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