Originally Posted by ncxcstud
But, does TWC have any of the same capabilities that DirecTV does to transmit channels to customers? Specifically the ability to have two stations on the 'same' channel number?
For example, on DirecTV, ESPN is channel 206, and so is ESPNHD. NBC is channel 10...so is NBCHD...etc...
Yet, on TWC you get HD channels in the 800 blocks. To me, this is confusing to a lot of customers. My in-laws watch SD stuff all the time because they forget that the HD channel for ESPN is like 840 or something...and instead, just turn to what they are used to at 26 or so. Same goes for the broadcast channels and any other 'dual' SD/HD channels.
I have heard from a TWC engineer that they are moving in that direction to provide a more intelligent tuning device that will be more content focused rather than channel focused. So, as you said, if you want ESPN, you will just tune to the single ESPN channel and the box will intelligently decide if there is an HD feed available for it and if you are watching on an HDTV, then it will use the HD version.
My thought is how do you handle the instances where the non-HD is showing something different than the HD? The most recent example was during the NCAA Tournament, Clemson was on WLTX Analog (9), but not on WLTX-HD (810).